County of Warner Further Education Announcement

On behalf of the County of Warner Further Education Council, the board would like to thank all who have participated in our Community Adult Learning experiences. It goes without saying that as time moves on, so must we evolve and learn to adapt to new situations which present themselves. For more than 40 years, with the County of Warner as legal host, the Further Education Council and its employed staff has organized learning opportunities for the residents in our area. It has been our pleasure to offer a variety of courses to help satisfy the curious nature of our lifelong learners. These opportunities have been made possible through Alberta Advanced Education Grants which were applied for and received in order to better able rural Albertans to navigate an ever changing world of work, as well as enrich the enjoyment we experience living in rural settings.

It is hard to imagine that something which has endured for more than 40 years would continue without change or an evolution of direction via the mandate of the province. This is the case with the Further Education Council in our County. Legal hosting of such organizations has become increasingly complicated and time consuming, and after considerable thought, it was decided that the County would no longer be able to provide this service due to the considerable time that it would take to manage the responsibility. That being said, the County has agreed to host until the end of our current grant period, June 30, 2018. At this time, the existing Council will dissolve.

The Further Education Council would like to take this time to thank the County for its hosting partnership for the past several decades. What a great working partnership this has been, and what an opportunity it has provided our residents in adult learning opportunities. Thank you to our other partners from local libraries to FCSS, towns and villages which have welcomed adult learning into your vision. We have all profited from this opportunity.

Thank you to our tireless volunteers, some of whom have been involved with Further Education for more than 30 years. Rural Alberta is a great place to live, and it is through the effort of volunteers around you, working to make their communities a better place to live and learn, that we can all reap the benefits. So, whether you were on the board or served as a community representative, thank you. You made a difference. Thank you to all of our past instructors. Your expertise and talents were always a welcome addition to the learning opportunities available to us in rural Alberta.

And last but not least, thank you to all those who were able to participate in courses which we have offered. Being able to satisfy our lifelong learning goals makes living in rural Alberta as fantastic as it is. A new non-profit society has been formed from which grants will be procured in order to continue to offer courses and services for the County of Warner, and the towns and villages which lie within the County. The name of the new society is “Community Connections”. If you would like to get more information on what they will have to offer, or if you wish to see a course in your community, you can contact them at ruralcommunityconnections@gmail.com