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EducationAdultLearners20TuesdayMay62014ByMARIACHURCHAftersuccessfulpilottest-ingAuroraCollegewillberollingoutfourofthesixnewembeddedadultlearnercoursesthisfallthatarealreadyreceivingatten-tionacrosstheNorthasad-vancingadulteducationintheNWT.DevelopedbyresearchfromtheNWTLiteracyCouncilthenewcoursesareofferedinshortsix-weekstintscoveringtopicssuchaschildcareofceskillsandstartingyourownbusinessbyteachingbothliteracyandsoftskillsthatdirectlytrans-latetoemployment.Ifyoudidntdowellintheschoolsystemyouaregoingtobeafraidtogobacktoschoolafraidoffailingsoyouwanttocreateanen-vironmentthathelpspeopleovercomethosesortsofbar-riersHelenBalanoffex-ecutivedirectoroftheNWTLiteracyCouncilsaidinaninterview.Byprovidingshortbasiceducationcoursesthatincludeaworkplacementcompo-nentthenewprogramsaimtoattractadultlearnerswhooftenstrugglewithmultipleNWTadultlearnerstobeofferednewsix-weekcoursesbarriersincludingfamilyre-sponsibilitiesandnotbeingeligibleforstudentnancialassistanceshesaid.TerritoriesshareadulteducationideasBalanoffwasoneofsev-eralrepresentativesfromtheLiteracyCouncilandAuroraCollegeinWhite-horselastweektopresentresearchonthecollegesnewcoursesduringtherst-everNorthernAdultBasicEducationNABEtri-ter-ritorialsymposium.ThesymposiumranApr.29toMay1andsawdel-egatesincludingeducatorsandinstructorsfromNuna-vutNWTandYukonpres-entandshareideasonadultlearningstrategies.Muchofthediscussioncenteredonresultsfromafive-year27-millionin-vestmentfromtheCanadianNorthernEconomicDevel-opmentAgencythatbegantransferringtotheterritoriesin2012withthegoalofex-pandingadultbasiceduca-tionintheNorth.Werehearinghugesucessstories.ItsveryinspiringBalanoffsaidofthesympo-siumcitingpresentationsonseveralnewprogramscom-ingoutineachoftheterrito-riescollegesmostofwhicharebasedonresearchdoneintheNorth.Manyoftheprogramsarepushingfortheincorporationoflocalcultureandlanguageintotheprogrammingshesaid.AuroraCollegecoursesdrawinterestAuroraCollegesnewcoursesreceivedattentionatthesymposiumfortheirabilitytoreachadultswithlowliteracyskillswholikelystruggledintheregularedu-cationsystemBalanoffsaid.Peoplereallylikedtheideaofshortcoursesthataredrawinginpeoplethatmaynotgointotraditionaladulteducationprograms.TheotherthingIthinkpeoplelike-andthiswaspartoftheintentoftheprograms-isthatpeopleexperiencesuc-cessreallyquicklyshesaid.Someofthepeoplewhocomeintothecoursesarepeoplewhohaventneces-sarilybeensuccessfulintheregularschoolsystemsoitsveryimportantforthemtoexperiencesuccess.Ithelpsbuildcondence.AllofthenewprogramswentthroughorarecurrentlygoingthroughpilottestinginseveralNWTcommunitiesincludingFortProvidenceWekweetiTuktoyaktukandAklavik.InWekweetitheof-ceskillspilotcoursehada100percentgraduationrate.Fourofthenewprograms-IntroductiontoOfceSkillsStartingYourOwnMicroBusinessIntroductiontoChildCareandMicroBusi-nessFundingandIdentity-willbeavailableatAuroraCollegecommunitylearningcentresinmultiplelocationsthisfall.Twomorecoursesareindevelopmentandwilllikelybeintroducednextyear.NWTelderPaulAndrewemceesatthesymposium.DelegatesfromNunavuttheNWTandYukonattendtherst-evertri-territorialNorthernAdultBasicEducationsymposiuminWhitehorselastweek.PhotoscourtesyofAuroraCollegePhotocourtesyofAuroraCollegeAuroraCollegeadultinstructorlaudedwithawardBryanOHaganAuroraCollegeinstructorfordevelopmentalstudiesatThebachacampusinFortSmithreceivesanoutstandingeducatorawardfromAuroraCollegepresidentJaneArychukatthetri-territorialNorthernAdultBasicEducationsymposiuminWhitehorselastweek.