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Adult literacy funding for Parksville Qualicum Beach

$2.4 million in funds for 75 communities, including $40,000 locally

People gathered at the Parksville Career Centre Friday as Social Development and Social Innovation Minister and local MLA Michelle Stilwell announced funding for adult literacy across B.C.

“Strong reading, writing and math skills are the starting point for many adults looking to upgrade their education, enter skills training programs and secure a good job,” Stillwell said.

The province is contributing $2.4 million to adult literacy programs in 75 communities.

That includes $40,000 for the Parksville program run by Vancouver Island University and the Career Centre, run by the Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Building Society.

Stilwell made the announcement on behalf of Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson.

“This program is critical, the need is significant in this community and it’s significant across B.C.,” said Jean Maltesen, dean of academic and career preparation.

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