Essential Skills

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PELC is offering programs and support, in person and online! 

  • It all starts with a discussion – you can meet with PELC staff on the phone, computer, or in person
  • We will guide you through self-assessments to identify your strengths, define your goals, and build an individual learning plan with concrete steps to help you reach your goals
  • Your plan may include upgrading for employment, post-secondary, secondary, apprenticeship, or independence
  • Your learning journey will be supported by a community of learners of all ages and backgrounds, sharing ideas and experiences
  • We’re part of your team! Contact us today to see how we can work together

Connecting our learners with the right support

  • We work with other community agencies to deliver skills upgrading – we will help you connect to the best resources to fit your individual goals
  • We can help you register with Loyola School of Adult and Continuing Education or Quinte Adult Education to obtain high school credits
  • We are now working with Community Learning Alternatives to deliver “Next Steps,” an employment readiness course for those returning to work

Essential Skills at PELC

PELC offers programming year-round. We are always looking at ways we can meet the community’s needs for training and learning. In addition to opportunities offered “by popular demand,” we offer several courses consistently throughout the year.

Market Math

4 session course, available year-round

An introductory-level course you can use for practical day-to-day living

  • increase your money and market math skills
  • learn to read flyers with your budget in mind
  • become familiar with Canada Food Guide portions and healthy eating
  • your plan can even include building skills and practical experience as a PEC Fresh Market volunteer!

One-on-One Tutoring

Ongoing, with schedules that meet student & tutor availability

If you would like more in-depth instruction we can match you with a tutor for one-on-one support in:

  • math
  • reading
  • writing
  • digital technology
  • document use
  • and much more!

Civic Literacy

Individual or weekly classes, tailored to local events

Civic literacy is integrated in our student-driven curriculum development. We encourage students to follow their passions, with field trips and guest speakers tailored to student interests. Explore issues that impact our community, such as:

  • food policy
  • affordable housing
  • upcoming elections
  • media literacy and awareness
  • how to advocate for change

Election Connection

To prepare for the 2022 provincial election, we once again hosted Election Connection. All members of the community were invited to participate in a series of conversations with local candidates, hosted at PELC. We also held an information session on how to vote, why we vote, how decisions are made, and the different levels of government. We help support each person’s voting decision, and use the Vote Compass tool to explore how the political parties align with their own views.

Thanks to all who came out to meet the candidates!

May 3, 10-11 am – Discussion & information about the parties

May 10, 10-11 am – Liberal candidate Emilie Leneveu

May 17, 10-11 am – Green candidate Erica Charlton

May 19, 10-11 am – NDP candidate Alison Kelly

May 24, 10-11 am – Conservative Todd Smith, MPP

Cooking Counts

Weekly for 4-6 weeks, by popular demand

These small group classes offer hands-on learning in a fun, relaxed environment. Try new recipes, gain confidence in the kitchen, and leave each class with food you can enjoy at home!

Our food curriculum includes:

  • meal planning and shopping on a budget
  • cooking techniques and knife skills
  • scaling up recipes for larger quantities
  • nutritious foods kids will love!


I liked how included I felt. It gave me a lot of confidence and support. I think the cooking and recipes were just a bonus!”
– Cooking Counts participant Katie Amey