Adult Upgrading


Adult Upgrading

ALSO’s adult program provides literacy and life-skills mainly for adults looking to join the workforce.

Adult learner with teacher

The adult program is for people over 18 looking for an opportunity to upgrade their skills in a safe and supportive environment. Literacy and employment skills upgrading supports the overall goal of working towards employment.

ALSO teachers provide individualized training and support for each learner.

ALSO runs a variety of specialized workshops and programs including cooking courses, art classes, and community connections workshops.

Learners can apply for volunteer opportunities within Heartwood House to gain valuable work skills and experience.

This program is for all learners, including Deaf and hard of hearing, who are:

  • over 18
  • out of school
  • living on a low income

The ALSO adult program runs morning and afternoon Monday to Thursday. The ALSO Deaf Adult program runs afternoon sessions every day Monday to Friday, evening sessions on Thursday, and morning sessions on Monday and Friday. Please see our contact page for our location and hours.

English Reading and Writing class for Deaf students — College or University Preparation

  • Thursday afternoons
  • Small class
  • Instruction in ASL
  • 1-3 p.m.

Application process

If you’re interested in applying for our Adult Upgrading program, please contact Kim Oastler. Adult learners will have a brief phone interview, and then will make an appointment to visit the ALSO program. Deaf adult learners can contact the program on the TTY line or by email to arrange an interview with Kathy and/or Kim.

Learners who have children under 6 are welcome to use the Children’s Program.