As all of you may know, as members of Town Council we represent Hanna by sitting on various committees, voicing our opinions and assisting the organizations in the ways that best benefit the organization and the Town of Hanna. One of the committees that I have the privilege to sit on is the Hanna Learning Centre Board of Directors. I thought I would use this message to explain some of the services that HLC offers and how it greatly benefits our community.
Career and Employment Centre
Their statement is “If you want to do it, we will help you get there”.
The Career and Employment Centre provides assistance to individuals who are looking to find employment or pursue their educational goals. The staff is there to help you get on the path that is right for you! The Career and Employment Centre offers many different services and resources that are FREE of charge.
Community Adult Learning Program
Hanna and District’s Community Adult Learning Program provides learning opportunities for adults through training and workshops which include computer training, General Equivalency Diploma preparation, workplace safety, first aid, health and wellness sessions as well as training to support businesses, employment skill development, career related, and personal development courses. The Learning Centre is affiliated with Campus Alberta Central (Red Deer College and Olds College) which provides connections to post-secondary options.
Provides support to Not-for-Profit and Charitable organizations through consultations, workshops, and information which develop community capacity and sustainability.
Volunteer Hanna continues to provide up to date resources and assistance to Hanna’s not-for-profit organizations and community volunteers.
Rural Alberta Business Centre
Hanna’s Rural Alberta Business Centre offers a one-stop resource for small business, providing information and support on virtually every aspect of doing business.
This is a service that is unique in that most programs like this offered in other communities are not free. If you are looking at a career change or have a business idea, this is a great resource.
The Hanna Literacy Program offers free family programs for families with children age 0-6. The program also offers free coaching and mentoring to adults who would like to increase their literacy and essential skills.
Community Building Initiative
Community Building Initiatives (CBI), are supported by Central Alberta Child and Family Services Authority with annually updated outcomes and performance measures. The purpose of CBI is to research needs and services in the community pertaining to children, youth and families, and collaborate with other agencies and partners to fill gaps where needed.
The Hanna Learning Centre is funded through tuition fees and grants. As our Federal and Provincial governments pull back some of the grants that the Learning Centre has successfully applied for in the past, HLC, through the budget process is challenged with these cuts.
As a means of bridging that funding gap, I'm pleased to announce that the Hanna Learning Centre is hosting a fundraiser Thursday April 2nd, 2015 at the Community
Centre. The theme for the evening is “Enhancing Your Life” and will include an amazing supper, live and silent auctions as well as door prizes and draws, ending the night with a dance featuring live music from Five of Diamonds. Tickets are available now at Warwick's Home Hardware and Hanna Learning Centre for $50.00.
As you can see from this short synopsis, the Hanna Learning Centre is a valuable service in our community. For more information about services provided please check their website at www.hannalearning.com
Chris Warwick, Mayor