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Community Profile:

The town of Taber, population 8380, is located approximately 51 km east of Lethbridge at the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 36.
Taber was awarded by Communities in Bloom as a provincial winner for 2016. The town is famous for being the Corn Capital of Canada, due to its abundant sunshine. An annual Cornfest takes place here on the last weekend in August.
Taber & District Community Adult Learning Association (TDCALA) serves Taber and its municipal district. The Association’s mission is “To create a vibrant learning community that supports changing and improving one life at a time.”
Currently we offer a variety of programming, including the following:
  • Family Literacy
  • Youth Employment Program
  • Work Foundations
  • ESL Drop-in Centre
  • GED classes and GED Testing Centre
  • Online education through “ed2go”
  • Learner Support Services
  • Resume writing
  • Various classes through the “Take a Class” calendar.
In the past program year TDCALA served over 1600 participants. We believe that nothing is done in isolation, but much can be accomplished through successful partnerships.

English Language Learner Support Services:

We offer these ongoing ELL support services:
  • Technology support: Access to computers and Internet, one-on-one help with introductory computer skills
  • Newcomer support: Help with forms, help with learning English, information on citizenship, referrals to government and community support agencies, support for employment readiness
  • Mentorship: Support in defining and reaching learning goals
  • Warm and welcoming space: Comfortable space to access learning services
Families Learning Together – Essential Skills for Living
The Families Learning Together program offers English language training combined with a Family Literacy Program. Participants explore the areas of reading, writing, computers, and working with others. Childcare is offered for preschool-aged children. Sessions are held three days a week for two ten-week periods. This program has been operating for the past 18 years.
Work Foundations Program
The Work Foundations program provides 425 hours of basic skills training in a classroom setting. It is designed to help ESL clients develop the basic competencies needed to obtain employment and/or pursue further employment-related training. The focus is to provide literacy, numeracy, and employability skills. This is a full-time program, running four days a week for 17 weeks. Individuals wishing to attend this program must have the intention of entering the workplace.
ESL Drop-in Centre
The ESL Drop-in Centre is open four days a week from September to June. We host a variety of English language services, including the following:
  • Driver’s license prep
  • Filling in forms, letter writing, phone calls
  • Basic English classes, English conversation evenings
  • Computer/iPad/iPhone classes
  • CELPIP preparation, citizenship classes 

Community Challenges:

Southern Alberta has seen 10,000 to 12,000 Low German-speaking Mennonites (LGSM) migrate to our rural communities in the past ten years. The impact of this population and others moving in has enriched and changed the demographics of our rural landscape. It has also impacted the way that Taber & District Community Adult Learning Association provides learning opportunities.
We now have part-time and full-time English Language Learning services, and an ESL Drop-in Centre that operates September to June. The majority of our programming focuses on ELL literacy. We have a community approach to delivering ELL services and conducting needs assessments. We partner with many levels of government and private funders to deliver English Language Learning opportunities.

Community Support:

The Southern Alberta Kanadier Association (SAKA) was formed to address the needs of the Low German-speaking Mennonites. The association comprises over 30 agencies and groups, and meets regularly to address needs. TDCALA also partners with our public school division and other groups to assess the needs of all ELL learners. We provide cultural diversity training to our community, and 85 individuals attended our last event. As a community, we have embraced and welcomed all newcomers. We are excited about the change and growth we are seeing.
Great job, Taber & District Community Adult Learning Association!

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Local Contact:

Taber & District Community Adult Learning Association
Jane Brenner, Executive Director