Academy Canada Prepares rural classrooms - Private college taking over adult basic education programs

Daniel MacEachern
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Academy Canada director James Loder’s summer got a lot busier with the announcement this week it will expand to 11 new communities in Newfoundland and Labrador to deliver adult basic education.

“I was on holidays. I was expecting the announcement to come in one week, so I decided I would take the week before off,” he said. “It was Monday morning at 10 a.m., I was lounging around in my shorts on my deck.”

As reported earlier this week, independent career college Academy Canada will move beyond its existing campuses in St. John’s and Corner Brook and begin offering adult basic education in Baie Verte, Bonavista, Deer Lake, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, the Labrador coast (Nain and Hopedale), Labrador West, Northwest River, Placentia, Seal Cove/C.B.S. and St. Anthony. Work is already being done to get their new locations ready, said Loder.

“We’re going into new communities and we’ll be acquiring new space,” he said.

“We’ve got a number of them that have already been secured, and some of the campuses we already have physically set up with desks and chairs ready to go. In other areas, we’ve got the contracts in place and we’re just getting ready to set them up, and there’s others where we’re in the final negotiating stage with the landlord. But we have somewhere planned for all the locations.”

Some of the locations include spaces previously used by the College of the North Atlantic, said Loder. All of the locations need to be ready for when classes start Sept. 6.

He’s excited about the expansion, which he calls the “next natural step” for the company.

“It’s really good news for us. Our school has been around for almost 30 years. It’ll be 30 years next year,” he said. “We’ve delivered programs in St. John’s and Corner Brook, and we have done some community-based training. We did a project in Roddickton, and we’ve done some courses in Sheshatshiu and Natuashish before, but we’ve never had a permanent presence in Newfoundland. So this allows us to expand and help support and build rural Newfoundland in a way we’ve wanted to do (for) a long time.”

The amount of hiring needed to be done won’t be known until final enrolments are in, but he expects at least 30 instructors will be needed.

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Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Academy Canada

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook, Baie Verte Deer Lake Happy Valley Goose Bay Hopedale Seal Cove St. Anthony Roddickton Sheshatshiu

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Recent comments

  • Kenneth
    July 16, 2013 - 11:10

    All K to 12 education should be publicly funded not put to the private sector. This government is punishing those older citizens who fell on hard times and failed to graduate high school in the past. Private colleges are for profit and will surely leave the rural areas when the money runs out. They will leave us high and dry.

    • a business man
      July 16, 2013 - 20:42

      All K to 12 education should be publically funded for minors. Adults who did not graduate from high school when it was free should have to pay for it themselves. They did not fall on hard times and fail to graduate.....the dropped out of school and never invested in themselves. They never took the initiative to complete school when it was free, and now you want to pay for them to get it again. Fine. You pay. I have my own family to support. Yes private colleges are for profit. They will make profit and pay taxes that will support my health care and my infrastructure. I welcome the change even if it is at the expense of some high school dropouts. They are not important anyway.

  • Robert
    July 14, 2013 - 07:16

    This is what free enterprise does! There are so many things that should be done this way! Pretty soon people won't have any excuse not to go back to school and then to work!

  • mainlander
    July 13, 2013 - 17:43

    Can someone explain to me how having a for-profit company deliver ABE services will safe the province money?

    • Collegestudent
      November 19, 2013 - 22:02

      Umm, after getting their ABE done they can get a better job?