Programs & Courses

What Does Lamont County Community Adult Learning Council Do?

CALCwithABgovFunded by Alberta Advanced Education, Lamont County Community Adult Learning Council serves residents both rural and urban.  We assist individuals by enhancing their quality of life through our programs designed for their unique adult learning journey. 

Getting to Know Us!

Lamont County CALC is committed to lifelong learning. We are strongly invested in serving adults who may want to improve their learning and build confidence. We want to equip parents with tools and strategies to help them prepare their young children for the public school learning environment. We also want to help overwhelmed adults adopt healthy coping skills, reframe automatic negative thinking, manage day-to-day money and map out future goals. The goals we endorse are the small ones because time is precious in a fast-paced world. The best way we can serve you well is to get to know you, and for you to get to know how we can help you.

Programs

Ready, Set, GROW! with Linda Mills

Our referral based family literacy program is intended to provide a safe environment for parents/guardians who may have struggled in school (for any number of reasons) and simply need some help building on the skills they already have.

ready_set_growParents/guardians, in addition to other key people in your child’s life, are your child’s first and most influential teachers. The Centre for Family Literacy stated in their 2019 spring newsletter that “by singing and rhyming, parents and caregivers are teaching children how to articulate words, practice the pitch, volume and rhythm of language, and develop the listening and concentration skills essential for brain development and memory.  The repetition of words teaches children to anticipate the rhyming word and this, in turn, prepares them to make predictions when they read." This 3-hour program has time for adult and child interaction followed by adult only programming while children are in supervised, free childcare. 

To learn more about our facilitator watch the following video:

L.E.A.P.

This program is attended by adults with children, aged 0 to 6, as well as parents who have children in the early years of the public school system.

LEAP_imageOur program commences with children going directly into child care where they will enjoy a half hour of literacy focused learning followed by serious play time. Parents and guardians participate, separately, in an adult-focused learning experience.

Our facilitator guided program is gently structured to accommodate the typical busy adult. We help adults identify their core values and areas of strong interests. This helps prioritize short term and long term goals. Life is full of phases, one of which is equipping parents with tools to enhance their children’s success in the learning environment while maintaining a vision of future personal goals.

This program is in partnership with Parent Link.

Stinkin' Thinkin'

Self-Confidence is the most attractive quality a person can have. Learn ways to develop and promote your strengths.

stinkin_thinkin_imageWe feel many emotions in life - happiness, sadness, joy, pain, gratitude, disappointment, loss, love etc. Sometimes we feel inferior, judged, hurt, jealous, angry, misunderstood, or afraid. These emotions can overwhelm us.

We want to share with you proven, effective coping skills to help you make your emotions less overwhelming. Feel free to bring a friend!

Show Me the Moolah!

Where did the money go? Why can’t we get ahead? Will we ever be out of debt? Where can we go for help?

show_me_the_moolah_imageIf you have asked yourself any of these questions this course is for you. Many of us need to build a new relationship with money. Even the best of us fall victim to consumerism and the marketing strategies that manipulate us into spending money on things we don’t need. They even target our children! This makes it even more important for parents to be given hands-on tools so they can help their children understand money-based decisions. There is an awesome feeling of empowerment when we gain control over our money rather than it controlling us.

CALC Kitchen

You might not think math has much to do with cooking, but the truth is that the better your math skills are, the better you'll be in the kitchen.

CALC_kitchen_imageThis referral based two-day program uses technology, provides hands-on budget development skills and teaches learners how to make decisions that incorporate nutrition and/or swap out expensive ingredients for cheaper ones. Groceries are subsidized so participants can leave with 3-4 meals at half the cost.

Participation is limited and there is qualifying criteria.

Math is Fun Family Game Night

math_is_fun_imageMany of our programs are designed to help you teach your children. Everybody learns differently. We want to introduce you to fun games that will help teach your children the fundamentals of math.

This program is under development and is planned for introduction in the spring of 2020.

Bon Appetit Bingo

Sometimes we apply for other grants. Bon Appetit BINGO is a program for seniors. Thanks to the federal government’s New Horizons for Seniors grant and the efforts of many volunteer seniors, this program provides a fun afternoon of BINGO followed by an opportunity for seniors to purchase home made, frozen, appropriately sized meals at COST.

The BINGO game held between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm is FREE.

bon_appetit_bingo_imageWinners receive a meal at no cost. As already mentioned, after the BINGO game seniors are welcome to purchase affordably priced meals. School bus transportation is being provided from Andrew, Mundare, Chipman, Lamont and Bruderheim. If you have friends who are somewhat isolated please consider bringing them to this fun-filled afternoon.
**BRING A FRIEND**

Courses

Fire Arm Safety Course

In order to get a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) you are legally required have Fire Arm Safety Course (FAC) certification.

fire_arm_safety_imageCALC offers this course on a Saturday. If you pass the test conducted in the course the instructor will provide you with a certificate proving you successfully completed the Firearm Safety Course. The instructor will also give you the information you will need to apply for licensing.

Supports and Resources

While we can’t be experts at everything, we can usually find someone who can help.

supports_and_resources_imageWe know some of the barriers families face and we do our best to address them. We are aware that child care can stand in the way of attending a program. For this reason some of our programs provide child care. We know that, for some learners, the expense of a program may prevent them from attending one of our programs. Many of our programs are FREE. Some people are shy and are afraid to try something new or meet new people. Many of our programs encourage you to bring a friend. If you are new to the area and have no friends let us be your first friend. We have access to helpful resources and we are only a phone call away.