PiCCoLA gets emergency funding for education upgrading

Sueann Musick
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NEW GLASGOW – An adult educational learning program facing deep cuts has gotten a bit of a reprieve. 

The Pictou County Continuous Learning Association has been granted some emergency funding from the provincial government that will allow it to continue with one of its programs until June, said Carollyne Nemecek, executive director of PiCCoLA.

“We found out Friday that we are one of 60 groups that received emergency funding so we will do a shortened version of our transition program,” she said.

The Nova Scotia government announced $2.2 million in temporary funding to help groups in jeopardy of losing their funding when labour market agreements between the federal and provincial governments shift to Canada’s Job Grant Program.

She said the transition program provides education upgrading, life skills and work placement to people with a Grade 12 education. There are currently seven people in the program that was slated to last until August.

Although the emergency funding won’t take the program to the end of its term, having it operate until June allows the students to finish at least one work placement, she said.

However, government funding will still be substantially impacted by the loss of money that usually comes from the Labour Market Agreement. This money is now being directed into a new initiative, Canada’s Job Grant Program.

As of April 1, Nemecek said, teaching staff will be reduced from five to three, a move that will see the elimination of a resource person.  

She said the students are upset that their programs are ending and they believe there is little they can do to fight to keep them going at this point. 

Organizations: Pictou County Continuous Learning Association

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotia

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