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Community Profile:

The Village of Consort (population 722), is located in East Central Alberta. Consort is a vibrant rural community, and we boast proudly of our status as the hometown of singer k.d. lang!

Consort is located at the crossroads of Highways 12 and 41, within Special Areas #4. We are primarily a farming and ranching community, with mixed crops and large cattle operations. The oil industry is also very active in this area.

Neutral Hills Community Adult Learning is the Community Adult Literacy Council for the area, which serves Consort and six surrounding communities. Currently we offer a variety of literacy programs, including GED, Adult Basic Literacy, ESL, and Family Literacy programs in partnership with the local Parent Link. Although our area is small, we have a thriving immigrant and newcomer population, with learners from Brazil, Hungary, Ukraine, Philippines, and South Africa.

Neutral Hills CALP provides two ESL classes (afternoon and evening) in the community of Altario to immigrants and newcomers who wish to improve their English language skills. Classes generally consist of 10 to 15 students, and are based on a learner-focused approach. One-on-one ESL tutoring is also offered when needed.

Neutral Hills CALP is an active community organization and has established great partnerships with numerous local agencies, including Alberta Health Services, Early Childhood Coalition, FCSS, local schools, Parent Link, and the Village of Coronation. Additionally, CALP has hosted exciting community events such as Early Years, and Ladies’ Night.

Great job Neutral Hills Community Adult Learning!

English Language Learner Support Services:

English Language Learning (ELL) classes are offered in Manning and Dixonville during the day, with the potential to add evening and weekend classes if needed. Our classes include how to obtain a learner’s licence to drive, how to build a resume, and other essential skills.

We also offer tutor placement services, and are always looking for new tutors. Learners who would like to pair up with a tutor are welcome to let us know, and we will do our best to place them with a tutor whose skill set matches their needs.

Community Challenges:

  • Our geographic area is vast, with small pockets of people living in isolated communities. We serve a total of about 7,000 people in an area of approximately 15,000 square kilometers.
  • We have a fairly low literacy rate and a large number of isolated individuals who have little access to the Internet and post-secondary education.
  • Our English Language Learners and Literacy Learners come from dramatically different backgrounds, and communities of learners tend to be isolated by distance and economics. 

Community Support:

Our agency has a wide range of support from community groups and service providers:

  • Manning and District FCSS
  • County of Northern Lights
  • Alberta Works
  • Industry and Advanced Education
  • Families First
  • Parent Link
  • Manning Library

Local Contact:

Neutral Hills Community Adult Learning
Barb Kulyk, Managing Director