CIES added 6 additional weekday Language Instruction for Newcomer Classes (LINC), along with four more weekend classes to our our NE Whitehorn Location. This was followed by our new Refugee Express Drop-In ESL & Integration Program, a fast track language training and social integration program, and as March came to a close 11 more LINC classes were added to our roster. Additionally, our Employment Skills Training (EST), formerly offered at only our SE location in Forest Lawn, is now being offered in our NE Location in Whitehorn as well. On top of this, a University of Calgary grant has allowed us to launch our Reading Room Program, a pre-literacy, one-on-one program for those below level one literacy levels.
CIES now offers a combination of 56 different LINC classes in two locations across the city, with scheduling running 7 days week. No one else in Calgary can offer the same type of flexibility and numbers. We are proud to serve our community and thank those who have and continue to support our mission, a mission that has remained the same since first opening our doors all the way back in 1988 - to provide immigrants and economically challenged individuals the tools to be successful and active participants in the community. For a peek inside our LINC Classes, as well as our EST Program, simply take a look below.