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Programs for Adults

Literacy is more than just the ability to read and write: It’s the ability to engage fully in activities and opportunities at home, at work, and in the community. At Frontier College, volunteer tutors work with adult learners who want to improve their literacy and numeracy skills, which can lead to improved self-esteem, further educational and employment opportunities, and better health. The philosophy of all Frontier College programs is that everyone can learn and that learning can be built on an individual’s experiences and knowledge. Participation is voluntary and people’s strengths and needs are considered before and during their participation in a program or meeting with a tutor. Our programs are free of charge for learners.

Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS)
Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) serves youth and adults working on goals related to pursuing secondary and post-secondary school goals, obtaining sustainable employment, and becoming more independent. Most LBS offer one-to-one tutoring or small class environments. Learners are taught crucial life skills along with academics to help support the pursuit of their goals.
Literacy and Basic Skills: Beat the Street
Beat the Street services include literacy and basic skills training and GED preparation for young adults.
Literacy and Basic Skills (L.B.S.) helps students improve reading, writing, math and digital technology skills so that they can find and keep employment or secure an apprenticeship by having the literacy foundation needed to complete secondary school or equivalent (GED). Other successful outcomes include moving into post-secondary school through college and university transition programs, or simply developing skills that contribute to their independence and a greater sense of confidence and self-esteem.
This program also includes pre-GED preparation, which helps participants prepare to write the GED exam. By obtaining a high school equivalency certificate, students are better equipped for further education, employment or apprenticeship opportunities.
Literacy and Basic Skills: Independent Studies
Independent Studies (I.S.) is a Literacy and Basic Skills (L.B.S.) program for adults 18 and over who have developmental disabilities who are working toward greater self-confidence and independence, so that they can explore other educational, employment, or life opportunities.
Skilled Trades Academic Upgrading

National Skilled Trades Academic Upgrading

Frontier College offers a range of programs customized for the needs of learners, employers, union halls, educational institutions, and other partners. These programs include math (basic to advanced), exam preparation, workplace communication, and tutoring for trade school block courses. Goals are achieved through a combination of one-to-one tutoring and small group instruction. In some circumstances, tutoring occurs through the Virtual Learning Portal.

For more information about participating in our National Trades Program, please complete the National Trades Program Form.


Hammer Heads Academic Upgrading

Hammer Heads is a pre-apprenticeship program, coordinated by Central Ontario Building Trades (COBT) for youth aged 18-26. Frontier College, in partnership with COBT, delivers academic upgrading support in the form of high school math, physics, English, and GED (General Education Development) high school equivalency.  Learning is student-centred and occurs in small group and one-to-one learner and tutor pairs.

In Toronto, for more information about participating in the Hammer Heads program, please contact vcoleman@frontiercollege.ca.
One-to-One and Small Group Tutoring
Frontier College tutors work one-to-one or in small groups to provide literacy and learning support to adults in a variety of settings. These programs may include computer skills, reading, writing, language, numeracy, and essential skills support.
Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills
The Workplace Literacy and Essential Skills Program is designed to complement employers’ existing training systems by focusing on lower-skilled employees who require additional support and training to strengthen their skills and competencies in order to execute their jobs more effectively and efficiently. Instructors from Frontier College are contracted by employers to provide workplace-based literacy, essential skills, and/or academic upgrading programs for their employees on a one-on-one basis, in small groups, or even online. The curriculum is customized for each individual employee’s skill set, tasks and responsibilities while also incorporating overall employment and employer objectives, corporate culture and processes. This results in higher individual and overall productivity, workplace safety, and a more skilled and engaged workforce.
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