Education & Upgrading

Learning programs tailored to your individual goals.
Education and upgrading at PELC helps people of all ages and backgrounds pursue pathways to employment, further education, a trade, or better living. Whether you’re looking to obtain high school credits, gear up for the job market, or upgrade specific skills, we tailor our support to your unique goals.

Support that meets you where you are

Learning Pathways

Finish High School

We can provide one-on-one support and tutoring while you work toward your high school diploma.

We will help you:

  • Get your transcript
  • Have your resume and transcript assessed for credit
  • Determine credits needed to complete the OSSD
  • Choose a completion plan that may include PLAR (Prior Learning Recognition and Assessment), correspondence, e-learning, equivalent credits, or a co-op program
  • Investigate if high school equivalency through the Canadian Adult Educational Credential (formerly the GED) is right for you, and help you prepare with materials and instruction for tests in math, reading, writing, science and social studies
  • Connect with community options for online learning, such as Loyola School of Continuing Education, or Quinte Adult Education

Prepare for Employment or an Apprenticeship

Access job-specific training, upgrade your skills or prepare for testing.

We can guide you to specific programs to help you investigate the world of work and upgrade your skills:

  • Job-specific training courses: retail, landscaping, clerical, skilled trades, personal support worker, and more
  • Focus on the skills you need to prepare for specific entrance exams and aptitude tests, including the Canadian Forces Aptitude Test (CFAT), police entrance exam, firefighter pre-employment exam and AZ license
  • Watch for the next intake of our Inspire training & employment program for youth aged 15-30
  • Prepare to write your trade-certifying exam to receive a Certificate of Qualification for apprenticeship

Prepare for College

Get set for college success with academic support and skills upgrades tailored to your needs.

We can help:

  • Improve your skills to prepare for a specific course
  • Determine the skills you need for your program
  • Refresh your research and writing skills
  • Improve your math skills to the level required for your program
  • Earn secondary (high school) credits in partnership with Loyola School of Continuing Education or Quinte Adult Education
  • Provide access to a computer and high speed wi-fi to complete the ACE online program or college or university distance education courses

Essential Skills for Daily Living

Build on your strengths to support independence with your day-to-day activities, finances and more.

We will work with you to strengthen skills supporting independence in a range of activities, including:

  • Health
  • Finances
  • Civic and community engagement
  • Preparing for a driver’s license test

The possibilities are endless. Come talk to us about your specific needs and goals, and together we can build a plan to help you achieve your goals!

Ongoing Programs

PELC offers programming year-round. We are always looking at ways we can meet the community’s needs for training and learning. In addition to opportunities offered “by popular demand,” we offer several courses consistently throughout the year.

Computer Skills and Digital Literacy

These introductory courses are tailored to boost your computer skills, whether you’re an absolute beginner or building a new skill.

4 – 6 sessions, available year-round

Choose from a menu of introductory courses to feel more comfortable:

  • Using a computer
  • Building spreadsheets, documents Google Workspace (Sheets, Docs, email, Calendar)
  • Guarding your online safety and privacy

Book Club

Our book club meets weekly for activities and lively conversation, based on a tailored book selection.

Typically 6-week sessions for each book title, available year-round

Join us for a mix of guided and informal discussions around a chosen book title. Our group also follows the interests of our “Book Worms,” which has led to knitting, sound workshops and meditation! Books are provided. Some recent titles:

  • Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate
  • The Last Thing He Told Me, by Laura Dave
  • Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
  • Lessons in Chemistry, by Bonnie Garmus
  • When We Believed in Mermaids, by Barbara O’Neal
  • The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion
  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama

Friendship & Growth Group

A weekly group for women and gender-diverse people of all ages to build community and learn and grow together.

Our weekly friendship and growth group is a place to build community while building each other up! Join us to learn and grow together.

Enjoy weekly topics such as: journaling for wellness, self-care, mindfulness, self-esteem and self-confidence, creativity, volunteering, leadership, community development, and so much more.

We meet every Thursday from 2:30 – 3:45pm at Prince Edward Learning Centre in Picton. We’d love to see you there! Register today at (613) 476-1811 or email Jennifer Hunter at jennifer@pelc.ca

Market Math

This introductory-level course will boost money management skills and budgeting strategies.

4-session course, available year-round

Let go of math anxiety! You will discover skills in this course that you can use for practical day-to-day living:

  • Increase your money and market math skills
  • Learn to read flyers with your budget in mind
  • Become familiar with Canada Food Guide portions and healthy eating
  • Your plan can even include building skills and practical experience as a PEC Fresh Good Food Market volunteer!

One-on-One Tutoring

Our personalized tutoring focuses on a range of subjects and skills to meet your individual learning needs.

Ongoing, with schedules that meet student & tutor availability

If you would like more in-depth instruction, we can match you with a tutor for one-on-one support in:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Digital technology
  • Document use
  • And much more!

Civic Literacy

Participate in discussions and activities exploring topics that impact our communities, such as housing and food policy.

Civic literacy is integrated in our student-driven curriculum development and tailored to local events. We encourage students to follow their passions, with field trips and guest speakers to match student interests. Explore issues that impact our community, such as:

  • Food policy
  • Affordable housing
  • Upcoming elections
  • Media literacy and awareness
  • How to advocate for change
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING
“The people at PELC are so supportive. They really want students to succeed. Even when you don’t feel like you have options, they help you find opportunities.”

— Hailey McGill
Embark on a journey of learning and growth