Linda Witherall’s life-long dream of becoming a nurse is one stepcloser to becoming a reality. Today, June 25, the Queen’s Countyresident is graduating with a high school diploma and she has hersites set on becoming a registered nurse. “Without the kind consideration of the teachers who accommodatedmy work schedule, I would never have been able to complete mycourses,” said Linda. “I am looking forward to graduating, and inthe not too distant future, to becoming an RN.” Linda is one of 89 adult learners from four adult high schools inthe Southwest Regional School Board area who are graduating todayand on June 26 with a high school diploma. Of these graduates, 66have completed programs supported by the Nova Scotia School forAdult Learning. The adult high schools are supported by the Nova Scotia School forAdult Learning, which funds and co-ordinates a range of educationprograms for adults wanting to improve their reading and mathskills or complete their high school diplomas. “Through the School for Adult Learning, Nova Scotians, like Linda,get the skills they need to succeed at home, at work and in thecommunity,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “The school ispart of our effort to ensure people can return to learning andhelp pave the way to a brighter future for themselves and theirfamilies.” The School for Adult Learning is funded by the departments ofEducation and Community Services. “We are flexible and try to accommodate our students to the bestof our ability,” said Shirley Shot, facilitator, Queens Adult HighSchool. “By doing so, some students are able to attend school whenthey might not have been able to otherwise.” More than 400 Nova Scotians are graduating this month with thehigh school diploma for adults. This year, more than 4,100 NovaScotians were enrolled in programs supported by the School forAdult Learning at more than 170 sites across the province. Theprograms for adults are delivered by the Nova Scotia CommunityCollege, Université Sainte-Anne, five regional school boards andcommunity-based learning organizations. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of theprovincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, whichinvolves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to theuse of the most sophisticated technologies.
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says it made an error in formulating its July jobs numbers.The federal agency says the source of the error has been identified and corrected, and updated July job estimates will be released on Friday.A week ago, Statistics Canada reported that a measly 200 jobs had been created in July, a number that fell spectacularly short of expectations.Economists had expected that the economy would bounce back from an unexpected decline of 9,400 jobs in June, and add as many as 20,000 new jobs the following month.Instead, Statcan reported that the number of full-time jobs fell by 59,700 while part-time jobs increased by 60,000 — figures it now suggests were faulty.Statistics Canada says it takes the error “very seriously” and is launching a review of its data verification methods. The results of the review will be published as soon as they’re available.The news comes as Finance Minister Joe Oliver meets with guests at a two-day summer retreat in Wakefield, Que., over the next two days to discuss the Canadian economy, with job creation one of several items on the agenda.The Canadian Press