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Manning and area

Community Profile:

Manning Community Adult Learning and Literacy serves a community of 1200 people, as well as 5000 people in the surrounding area. This is a rural community with beautiful natural highlights, such as the spectacular Peace River Valley, Notekewin Provincial Park, and popular recreational areas for hunting and fishing.

Our community is vibrant, with an economy based on logging, farming, and the oil and gas industry. Our volunteer sector is one of the most active in the province. Young people take part in hockey, outdoor sports, football, and curling. Hunting, fishing, and camping opportunities abound—set in some of Alberta’s most spectacular scenery. For those who love the rural lifestyle, this is a wonderful place to live! 


Community includes: Manning and area, including the communities of Dixonville, Deadwood, Hotchkiss, Hawk Hills, and Keg River

English Language Learner Support Services:

English Language Learning (ELL) classes are offered in Manning and Dixonville during the day, with the potential to provide evening and weekend classes as demand increases. We offer classes focused on obtaining driver learners’ permits, building resumes, and other essential skills. 

We also offer tutor placements, and encourage those interested in tutoring to contact us. We encourage learners who wish to be paired with a tutor to let us know, so that we can find a suitable match. 

Community Challenges:

  • Our community is very spread out, with small pockets of people in isolated locations.
  • We serve a community of more than 6,000 people in an area of about 15,000 square kilometers.
  • We have a fairly low literacy rate, with a high population of isolated individuals who have little or no access to the Internet and post-secondary opportunities.
  • Our English Language Learners and Literacy Learners come from dramatically different backgrounds. Communities of learners tend to be isolated by distance and economics. 

Community Support:

Our agency has a wide range of supports 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:

Manning Community Adult Learning and Literacy
Kelly Schram, Executive Director