LBS - Workplace Training/Academic Upgrading

About the Literacy & Basic Skills Program

The Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) Program is for adult learners that are looking for jobs but have little work experience, who are interested in developing the skills necessary to get a high school diploma to go on to college programs, or who have good listening and speaking skills but need some help with reading and writing.

Course Offerings:

Course

Date, Time, Location

Course Information

Academic Upgrading

Online and In-class

Two sessions each year:
September to January / January to June

Monday to Friday
9:00am to 12:00pm or 9:00am - 2:00pm
(Must be able to attend classes 5 days a week)

Location:
Continuing Education Centre,
440 Albert St.

  • Study English reading & writing
  • Learn complex grammar, punctuation, spelling and effective vocabulary
  • Write for a variety of purposes
  • Write properly linked well-developed paragraphs
  • Build your computer skills
  • Develop study skills necessary for high school

Certificates for Employment

Online and In-class

Three courses available.
Take one or take them all:

Standard First Aid
(CPR C - AED Certification)

September 13 - October 22
January 31 - March 11

Soft Skills Solutions
October 25 - December 3

March 21 - April 29

Safe Food Handler Certificate
December 6 - January 28
May 2 - June 10

Time:
Monday - Friday 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Location:
Continuing Education Centre,
440 Albert St.

  • Add certificates to your resume
  • Prepare for employment
  • Learn about workers rights
  • Understand health and safety
  • Learn about employment culture and opportunities in Ottawa


Employment Preparation for Childcare Assistants

In class only

Two sessions each year:
September to January / January to June
Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location:
Continuing Education Centre,
440 Albert St.

  • Prepare to find childcare Assistant jobs in childcare centres or to run your own home daycare
  • Learn about child development, behaviour guidance and safety issues
  • Learn to plan and lead songs and activities
  • Participate in a job placement (100 hours)
  • Complete First Aid and CPR certification
  • Complete Food Handler certification

PSW Preparation & Healthcare Training Course

In class only

Two sessions each year:

September to January / January to June
Monday-Friday. 9:00am - 2:00pm

Location:
Continuing Education Centre,
440 Albert St.

  • Complete certificates in Standard First Aid/CPR/AED, Food Handler, WHMIS
  • Prepare to pass job interviews and PSW entry tests
  • Study health care, anatomy, common diseases, and caring for older adults
  • Learn communication and problem-solving strategies for working in the healthcare sector
  • Enter Personal Support Worker or other college program
  • Work as a Home Support Worker in the healthcare sector

Computer Skills Upgrading

In Class and Online

Two sessions each year
September to January / January to June
Tuesday - Thursday, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

Location:
Continuing Education Centre,
440 Albert St.

You will learn

  • how to get started using a computer
  • how to use email and an online calendar
  • how to type documents using Microsoft Word or Google Docs
  • how to create digital presentations using Powerpoint or Google Slides
  • how to participate in video conferencing meetings and use online classroom applications

Math Upgrading for High School, Employment or Everyday Life


Not currently offered at this time

Two sessions each year:
September to January / January

to June
Tuesday - Thursday, 12:30pm - 3:30pm

  • Review and improve basic math skills that you will need to know before starting high school math: (Addition (+), Subtraction (-), Multiplication (x), Division (÷) Decimals (0.325), Percent (25%)
  • Review and improve basic math needed for everyday life (money, banking, shopping, and paying bills), and employment (handling money, measurement, schedules, and pay stubs)

Eligibility:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older
  • Must have strong oral communication (CLB 5+)
  • Must have less than a grade 12 level of education (Canadian equivalent).

How to Register:
You must make an appointment to register for any of these courses. (No drop-ins please).
Please email
denise.delle.palme@ocdsb.ca to make an appointment to register.


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