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Literacy Services

The support you need to help you feel at home.

Literacy Services

The support you need to help you feel at home.

YMCA Community Literacy Program | Helping Everyone Learn, Grow and Thrive

Do you want to improve upon your reading, writing and math skills? Are you looking to get your grade 12 equivalency?  If you are 19 years of age and over, you can participate in our free Learning Services program.  Once your literacy level has been assessed, our team will help you set your personal goals for education and employment. We provide a comfortable and supportive learning environment.

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This Employment Ontario Service is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

We work with individuals to deliver training in the following areas:

The YMCA offers literacy, numeracy and essential skills services to assist you in moving you toward your goal of  employment, apprenticeship, secondary-school credit, post-secondary education or independence.

  • As a participant in our program, you work at your own pace towards employment, education or a personal goal, in a supportive, comfortable learning environment.
  • We will assess your skill levels for free!
  • We offer both daytime and evening classes  in our Huntsville location.
  • We provide both one-to-one and classroom support.

Are you hoping to get your Grade 12 to get a better job, or to go on to post-secondary education?  You have several options!

GED preparation

We can help learners prepare for the GED, a test that allows adults who have not completed high school to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills comparable to high school completion. The GED offers a high school equivalency certificate that can be used to move on to college or university or employment.

For further information on GED Test Locations and dates, go to www.ilc.org

The Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate

We can help you gain confidence and skills to transition to taking the ACE program through the local college, which will give you your grade 12 equivalency once completed.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Going back to school can be tough—we can help you get to the point of being ready to take high school level math and English.

Based on demands, YMCA Learning Services will offer specialty classes that increase the skill base of those with goals of seeking employment (or greater independence), or to increase skills  needed in their current job.  These include:

  • Money Smart
  • Cash Handling
  • Smart Phone use
  • GED preparation

Call the Huntsville or Parry Sound office today to  find out more and put your name on the list!

  • We teach basic computer knowledge from the parts of the computer, to opening and closing files.
  • You can learn about the internet and how to get involved with social media
  • How to email, dealing with spam, safety and privacy
  • How to navigate Microsoft Word
  • How to use Microsoft Excel
  • An introduction to Microsoft Power Point.

Contact the Huntsville or Parry Sound office to get more detailed information on these courses.

Newcomers to Muskoka are welcome to take English classes at the YMCA Huntsville location!  Classes are split between beginner and intermediate levels to ensure newcomers are getting the level of English they need to start at to be able to get comfortable conversing in the community they are now living in.  Training happens in a small classroom setting. Classes are ongoing. If you know someone who would benefit from ESL classes, please contact Huntsville Learning Services to find out how we can help!

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