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Pearson Adult Learning Centre welcomes the world! Open House Jan. 25

Pearson Adult Learning Centre Open House: Thursday, Jan. 25 from 1-3 p.m. and from 7-8:30 p.m. Meet teachers and staff, learn about our programs,  invite family and friends!

Welcome! Drop in for a visit…

Pearson Adult Learning Centre is holding its first ever Open House on Thursday, January 25 and the general community is invited!

Adults interested in upgrading their schooling, improving their language skills, or gaining entry into college and post-secondary institutions are welcome, said long-time teacher Cheryl Kelly.  The centre is located in a portable complex adjacent to New Westminster Secondary School, at 835 8th Street in New Westminster.

Kelly said the open house is a chance for adults who may be interested in returning to school to come and check out the centre, talk to a teacher, and find out what’s involved. Cookies, coffee and a tour of the warm and relaxed centre provide a welcoming opportunity to learn more – without having to write a test or register first!

Pearson Adult Learning Centre has been part of New Westminster since 1988. With 14 teachers and five classrooms, the centre offers a variety of  academic credit courses and English Language Learning classes year round, through both winter and summer.

“We are a small school and a supportive community with classes in the morning, afternoon and evenings that are flexible and can meet the needs of our students, many of whom are learning English, or are working,” said Kelly.

Over its 30-year history, the centre has welcomed people from the local community as well as newcomers from all over the world seeking to upgrade their language skills and further their education.

“We find that we get students from different countries coming in waves,” said Kelly, who has taught at Pearson since 1989.

Recently, the centre has been welcoming an influx of Syrian students as well as students from Brazil, many of whom have work permits. Classes will often have students from African countries, from Afghanistan, the Middle East, Russia, China or India – providing a great opportunity for students to learn about each other, share their cultures and enjoy several annual potluck celebrations.