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Mountain View County

Community Profile:

Mountain View County is a blend of magnificent vistas, with some of the most productive agricultural land in Canada. County residents strive to maintain a rural lifestyle and heritage, while building sustainable communities for the future. 
 
With a population of 12,359, Mountain View County is centrally located between Calgary and Edmonton, along the Queen Elizabeth II Highway. Communities such as Sundre, Olds, Carstairs, and Didsbury are experiencing significant population growth that includes many new Canadians.
 
At the turn of the century, homesteaders chose this region because of its fertile soils and ample rainfall. Today, agriculture still drives the local economy, while the area’s abundant natural resources support thriving oil and gas, forestry, and industrial sectors. 
Mountain View Communities Adult Learning Society (MVCALS) is dedicated to serving the communities within Mountain View County with literacy upgrading, language instruction (English Language Learning, French, and Spanish) and employability skills education. With funding from Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education, we promote learning through classes, family literacy programs, and individual tutoring within learners’ own communities. 
Our mission is to deliver quality programs and services to a diverse group of lifelong learners. We believe in “a success story for every learner!”
 

English Language Learner Support Services:

English Language Learning (ELL) classes are available throughout the county on a rotational basis. Classes are generally offered in the fall, winter, and spring. 
 
English Language Learning classes can be customized for the needs of local industries. As an example, MVCALS designed and delivered an industry-specific ELL class for a local wood processing plant that assisted new Canadian employees in learning about health and safety practices in the plant. 
 
Volunteer tutoring for adult learners is available upon request through a tutor/learner matching system.
 

Community Challenges:

With a land area of nearly 3800 square kilometers, Mountain View County is vast. This creates a number of challenges for MVCALS learners and instructors:
 
The geographic size of the county and the distance between communities can be problematic for learners, as well as for instructors travelling to get to class in adverse weather conditions. 
There is no public transportation available within the county. Learners without access to transportation often go without desired courses because of this barrier.
A lack of awareness of available supports and programs is challenging and can lead to low enrolment in classes. 
Varying levels of English proficiency among learners can create challenges for instructors who are designing curriculum.
 

Community Support:

MVCALS works in collaboration with several community agencies to provide specific types of programming for county residents. These collaborations include the following:
 
Carstairs Public Library, Didsbury Municipal Library, Olds Municipal Library, Cremona Public Library, Sundre Public Library
Parent Link Centres
Alberta Health Services
Campus Alberta Central
NorQuest College – Rural Routes
Bow Valley College
Olds College
Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) in various communities
 

Local Contact:

Mountain View Communities Adult Learning Society
Jennifer Isaac, Program Coordinator
coordinator@mvcals.org