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At 22 and with two small children to care for, I didn’t have many options. Though bilingual and with some work experience in an office setting, I’d been too long out of the workforce – a mere two years! - to merit any serious consideration. 

In the first tech wave of COVID-19, we have seen a rise in fields like software, financial, digital media, information technology, big data, cloud computing, communications, e-commerce and adoption of artificial intelligence. This will continue to gain momentum.

You may be able to claim a credit for eligible tuition and other fees paid for courses taken in 2021. You can claim up to $250 for each year, and if you don't make a claim one year, the amount carries forward for use in later years to a maximum of $5,000 in your lifetime. This credit started in 2020.

I hope you remember me. It’s Josie Knight, Anna Bradley’s neighbor who asked you for a copy of Learning Curves in 2020. You encouraged me to submit a story, so here I am, sharing my travelogue.

Congratulations to Terri Preston, this year's winner of the National Literacy Award recognizing a member or group of members who have promoted workplace literacy and clear language.

What does it look like to find a best friend for life in a 70-year-old woman? Might sound boring to some of you but to me, it is anything but that.

A story that comes right from the heart with countless memories that do not depart, a story that puts a smile on my face every morning, a glimpse I would like to share, hope that doesn’t leave you in a maze.

The definition of emotion in the Oxford Dictionary states that it is “a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one’s circumstances, mood, or relationships with others.” There are several different human emotions; here are a few basic ones: anger, fear, happiness, love, sadness, and surprise.

Nutrition and You

Sep 28, 2021

Elma Morgan is a student in University in the Community.  She has a passionate interest in nutrition and its impact on our health and well-being.

A long-time member of the local arts community and of UitC, Luis’ creativity shines forth in his prolific output as a multidisciplinary artist. Visual artist, writer of short stories, film producer, director, editor and script writer, Luis firmly believes that living a life, in itself, is an art.

From time to time, you may have seen an article about University in the Community (UitC) in Learning Curves and wondered what it was and whether it was something that you might like to join.

Procrastination

Apr 19, 2021

Procrastination is a common habitual behaviour that can plague even the most highly successful people. This behaviour is quite common, but most often it is accompanied with worries.

Poem

Apr 19, 2021

Over the years of life
Over a changing time
The events of decades ago
Discovering the DNA of next memories

Life’s Catapult

Apr 19, 2021

Sometimes in life, it feels like we are in a catapult where we are pulled back before we can go forward. It is often adversity that creates the tension needed to release the energy that thrusts us forward and lets us reach higher. This is a metaphor that Shahina Suleman, Program Manager at PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs, loves to use when talking about what the Elevate program does for its participants.

Read With Me

Apr 8, 2020

Happy Spring! I hope you enjoyed the books in the previous reading list as much as I did. In this article, along with my picks for this season, I would like to introduce you to two notable reading resources and activities I recently stumbled upon.

Reynosa Sarmiento has taken multiple courses throughout her undergraduate degree. Having graduated in November 2015, she’s had years of experience with online courses and online summer courses.

As a Career/Life Skills and Executive Coach, I often meet clients in career transition who haven’t had to look for a job for the past 15 to 25 years. They are called ‘long tenured workers’ who all of a sudden face the crude reality of a lay off (with or without severance pay) and with it a fast awakening to the fact that their skills have been either outdated, or not on par to compete with on today’s labour market. Let’s face it, no one has to hire anyone…we compete for opportunities, as the labour market of the 21st century.

Read with Me

Jan 9, 2020

I love to read which is surprising because when I was younger, you could not pay me enough to pick up a book.

“Enthusiasm is a state of mind natural to the lover of art,” wrote Max J. Friedländer, “indeed, to him almost something natural.”

July 20, 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission which sent the lunar module “Eagle” to the surface of the moon leading to Neil Armstrong’s momentous moonwalk.

“All I know is, I got up, went straight to my laptop and typed in the Learning Curves website address and began searching the archives.”

Do you remember Duoli’s story? Are you interested in what’s going on with me recently. Since September 2011, I have insisted on learning English step-by step.

Chasing The Dream

Jun 20, 2019

Have you ever felt that you should have gone further with your education? That you were capable of more?

Most people are surprised to learn that the Canadian Mothercraft Society’s reputation of providing high quality early education

We know that climate change is happening. We also know that it’s the result of increased carbon emissions from human activities like land degradation and the burning of fossil fuels. And we know that it’s urgent.

Yellow Hyacinths

Jan 17, 2019

Jimmy was pronounced “Dead on Arrival” when he arrived at the hospital. Adelle had heard this earlier.

Papa And Crayon

Jan 17, 2019

The teacher told us to draw faces of our mom and dad to prepare for Parents’ Day happening in few days.

The years of retirement should be a golden period. It means, one will be dignified, having a decent lifestyle, enjoying the fruits of their labour, families and friends.

The Presence

Sep 10, 2018

I've always thought that the space we live are like pictures where the walls carry embedded memories.

As a person who firmly believes that one should always be striving for personal growth, I share my “aiming for success” story, in the hopes that I can inspire other older adults to keep reaching for their educational goals.

Art gives us an experience like nothing else can. Art exhibitions, whether in a formal gallery or part of an informal event, provide the opportunity for art to be explored.

The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT), whose Head Office is located in Etobicoke and has been providing services for over 30 years, aims to be inclusive of both Arab and non-Arab communities with assistance to those new to Canada with settlement and social services in many languages in addition to Arabic, including English, French, Punjabi, Russian and Dutch.

Imagine dedicating yourself to a life of study to secure a better future—sacrificing and denying yourself because you know it will all be worth it in the end.

People who dropped out of high school, or just didn’t do very well, often think they will never be able to pursue a post-secondary education and enter a career of their choice; however that is not true.

The Jewish Russian Community Centre (JRCC), which operates branches including in Toronto, Thornhill and as far away as Ottawa, serves as a support system for Russians of the Jewish faith from the former Soviet Union.

Keep It Simple

Aug 8, 2015

David Li has found the secret of teaching the complicated and rigorous practice of accounting by breaking it down to a simple and elegant format that is easy to understand.

The St. Andrew’s Society of Toronto celebrates Scottish culture and heritage, but welcomes anyone, regardless of background, with an interest in learning more.

It is exciting to see that the Community Hubs Advisory Group, established by Premier Kathleen Wynne and chaired by Karen Pitre, is currently engaged in consultations across the province.

It’s Monday morning, and another week of work begins. Upstairs I hear my neighbour stirring

On March 20, 2014, Bryan Wright, a great friend of Learning Curves, died suddenly at the age of sixty-five.

Language assessment services provide free English language assessments for immigrants. The assessment demonstrates your level of English skill in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Three organizations are working together to support Aboriginal employment: the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO), Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS), and Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training.

ou are an adult who didn’t get a high school diploma, for whatever reason, you probably don’t want to re-enroll in a high school program and work your way through years of classes.

As part of the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at UOIT, the Management Development Centre uses current management practices and business policies as well as information technology to help managers, supervisors and technical professionals meet the competitive challenges of today’s dynamic business environment.

Many people readily imagine the freedom and flexibility of online learning. Think of sitting at home in your pajamas, setting your own hours and working at your own pace — sounds perfect.

Camille Rutherford, assistant professor of Education at Brock University, always gives her students a few minutes to settle in before starting class.

Duoli’s Story

May 7, 2011

Can you imagine a senior who is 74 years old learning English from Zero? How could I learn English at my age?

Alain Gelinas is on a mission of his own as he studies full time for a Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Adult Education at Brock University

y boomers, now starting to retire, are looking for courses that interest them such as painting, music, languages, exercise, dance, digital...

Have you always dreamed of being an artist? Looking to change careers and get into the arts, but not sure if it’s quite right for you?

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