Adult Education

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How do I get started?

It all starts with one phone call to 613-547-2012. We do a quick phone pre-screen to make sure we are a good fit for the caller. If we are, we book an assessment appointment, usually within a couple of weeks.

During the actual assessment, the intake person will ask about past educational experience, the current life situation and goals for the future. We don’t want super personal information: we just need to know enough about where the person is at to know if we are a good fit. There will be a bit of testing, but nothing too hard or scary – honest. If by the end of the appointment (usually about 30-45 minutes) it seems like we are the right place for the individual, we set up a training schedule.

At the very first session, we work together to create a learner-centred training plan, focusing on the learner’s SMART goal: this is a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time- Specific. We explore what the steps will be to achieving the individual’s short term goal and if there are any barriers that might need to be worked on to help students reach their full potential. In some cases, referrals to other agencies may be recommended.

For more information and to register, contact us at 613-547-2012, or email

Small Group Upgrading:

KL&S offers upgrading classes in Communications (reading/writing), Math, and Digital Technology (computers).

  • The small group classes are continuous intake, which means students can start soon after their initial assessment appointment. The one exception to this is our Career Prep program, or Occupational Curriculum (OC). It is offered three times a year in 9-week sessions (4 hours a week for 9 weeks).
  • Class size is limited to 15, to ensure each student gets the attention they need.
  • Learning modules are self-paced so students can take the time they need (within reason) to understand the material and complete assignments.
  • In the small group program, our staff members are professional instructors, with experience teaching adult education.
  • Students in the group are at a range of levels and abilities, so there are likely to be people in the group at a higher level, and people at a lower level. We are all at different places in our journey, and that’s okay. The important thing is wanting to be on the journey, understanding what your end goal is and being willing to work to get there.
  • We have solid relationships with other local trainers, Employment Service agencies and community groups, so we can help students connect to their next step, and other programs and services along the way.

For more information and to register, contact us at 613-547-2012, or email

One-to-One program:

This program is great for adults who are unable to participate in small group classes. That might be because:

  • they are not available during the regular small group instruction times
  • their needs are so specific that they would not be well met in a group environment
  • they did not have positive experiences in an educational setting in the past and they may need to work up to being in a classroom
  • their skill level is not well served in a group environment

Like the small group program, it begins with an initial assessment. The individual meets with our intake assessor, and if it seems like the one-to-one program is the best fit for them, a series of appointments is made. The student will meet with the one-to-one coordinator once a week for between 4 and 6 weeks, so that a solid and detailed learner plan is established.

The one-to-one coordinator then matches up the student with a volunteer tutor, to continue meeting once a week. Studies are continued with the trained volunteer, under the supervision of the one to one coordinator.

For more information and to register, contact us at 613-547-2012, or email

Career Preparation Classes and Training

KL&S offers a variety of courses that were developed with input and materials from employers to help you develop the Essential Skills needed to work in certain industries. Each course provides career-related exercises to help improve skills in reading, writing, math, computers, and the soft skills needed for success in the workplace. These courses are meant to improve the Essential Skills you will need in these fields. More training may be required in order to work in some areas.

Career preparation courses include:

  • Call centre worker
  • Chambermaid/housekeeper
  • Clerical
  • Daycare assistant/nanny
  • Fishing and hunting guide
  • Florist assistant
  • Forestry worker
  • Landscaping labourer
  • Laundromat operator
  • Material handler
  • Municipal employee (garbage collector, municipal labourer, parking meter collector, public works labourer, road maintenance worker, sewer maintenance worker, sidewalk cleaner)
  • Pet groomer
  • Personal support helper (great for pre-PSW)
  • Retail worker/cashier
  • Security officer
  • Skilled trades labourer
  • Taxi driver
  • Truck driver

For more information and to register, contact us at 613-547-2012, or email

Why choose KL&S?

  • Each person is individually assessed, to create a unique program so you can achieve your goals
  • Programs are free
  • Professional and supportive staff who want to see you succeed
  • Free bus tickets (for eligible students)
  • Comfortable learning environments with small class sizes
  • One-to-one tutoring available
  • Classes Monday to Thursday
  • Evening tutoring available
  • Continuous enrolment so you can start any time
  • Strong and positive relationships with other education and training programs, as well as Employment Service agencies, to ensure smooth transitions to your next step
  • Solid connections with many community agencies so that if you have other needs, we can refer you with confidence
  • Long history of working in the community (since 1977!)

LBS Resources

Paving the Way to Lasting Employment

Paving the Way to Lasting Employment is designed to help employers and/or employees access the most current tools to strengthen Essential Skills. Based on research done during the first stage of the project, a series of Essential Skills training videos has been developed. They focus on the soft skills involved in Working with Others, Oral Communication, and Thinking Skills. The videos are intended to bridge soft skills gaps employers may have identified within their businesses. Click here to access a PDF version of it.