LBS budget increase: $85 million and 80,000 learners by 2021

I was planning to write more about the LBS force-fit into Employment Ontario but then more details about the infusion of funding into LBS were released and I got a little distracted by $85 million in exchange for 80,000 new students. Last Friday the minister for Advanced Education and Skills Development announced a substantial funding … Continue reading LBS budget increase: $85 million and 80,000 learners by 2021

Keeping students off the books in LBS: Older adults who want to go online

I was speaking to a literacy program coordinator the other day who told me how she keeps some students off the books in order to work with them in her program. These stowaway learners are older, usually retired adults who want to develop their digital literacy. Keeping them off the books means she doesn’t register … Continue reading Keeping students off the books in LBS: Older adults who want to go online

Enrollment Data for LBS: Age of learners and perplexing suitability criteria

When I examined most of the data reports covering the past decade, I found that the percentage of learners in each age category has remained stable over the years, with one short-term blip. And the current suitability target covering 45-64 year olds is simply out of whack with program realities. I removed the 2012-2013 data … Continue reading Enrollment Data for LBS: Age of learners and perplexing suitability criteria

Taking a look at some data for the LBS program: A decade of enrollment numbers

I’ve managed to collect a few years of LBS data reports over the years, and have compiled what I have in order to see if there are any interesting trends. (I first did this here as part of a research project with AlphaPlus.)  Categories in the reports include age, education levels, gender, employment status, source of … Continue reading Taking a look at some data for the LBS program: A decade of enrollment numbers