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Learning Communities Project

Impacts Northern Alberta

RADF Investment: $3.1 million

Other Investment: $1.9 million

Total Investment: $5.0 million

Project Period: November 2009–November 2013

Aboriginal Aboriginal
Community Development Community Development
Education Education

T: 780.675.6447

Project Description

This project will provide unique learning opportunities for people living in Aboriginal communities in northern Alberta and will be operated out of the Athabasca District. The initiative is creating a system of student supports, community-based education databases, and access to e-learning opportunities based on the community's needs. Education services are responding to local interests and building on people's existing education levels and professional or life experiences. A total of 23 Aboriginal communities are taking part in the project.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits                     

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Allow more area residents the option to stay in their communities while upgrading or completing their education
  • Increase high school graduation rate and number of residents seeking higher education
  • Create an educational program that works within the needs of Aboriginal communities
  • Offer services based on real-world feedback and input from targeted students