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Rocky View County

Community Profile:

Rocky View County surrounds the city of Calgary in a horseshoe shape to the west, north, and east of the city.  The approximate population of Rocky View Country, including the city of Airdrie and the towns of Cochrane, Chestermere, and Crossfield, is 92,163. Airdrie is one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Alberta.  The towns of Cochrane and Chestermere are also experiencing significant population growth.  Rocky View County and the cities and towns within it are becoming increasingly diverse in immigrant populations.

Rocky View Schools Community Learning (RVSCL) provides non-credit, informal, adult education opportunities to the entire Rocky View region.  Funded by Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education, RVSCL provides education in adult literacy, English language learning, employability, community issues, and family literacy and also offers volunteer tutoring services for adult learners.

English Language Learner Support Services:

English language learning (ELL) classes are available in Airdrie, Cochrane, and Chestermere.
Volunteer tutoring for adult learners is available throughout Rocky View County.
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) provides an Immigrant Services Coordinator to residents of Rocky View.
Welcoming Airdrie Committee
Chestermere Inclusion Committee
Cochrane Immigrant Services Committee

Community Challenges:

Due to the large geographic area of Rocky View, access to support services and programming can be difficult and sometimes impossible for some English language learners.  A lack of awareness of available supports and programs is also challenging and can lead to low ELL class sizes, and sometimes the cancellation of classes due to low enrolment.  Varying levels of English proficiency in individual learners can make it challenging for instructors.  There is often a higher demand for volunteer tutors than there are tutors available.

Community Support:

Many agencies work together to provide strong support networks in the city of Airdrie and the towns of Cochrane and Chestermere.  Some of these supports are:
Local public libraries
Bow Valley College
FCSS in Cochrane
Town of Chestermere
City of Airdrie
North Rocky View Community Links
 ESL Rural Routes, NorQuest
Calgary Catholic Immigration Society 
Airdrie and Cochrane Employment Agencies
Rocky View School Division
Local faith groups

Local Contact:

Rocky View Schools COmmunity Learning (RVSCL)
Chelsea Jackson, Program Coordinator