The next step in education

education_pictureThe Ottawa Mission’s Stepping Stones Learning Centre is a unique place that offers men and women the opportunity to improve their lives through education. Our certified teacher and dedicated volunteers help students complete their high school education or post-secondary programs provided through online training or in-class instruction. We have great partnerships in the community including Continuing Education at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, St. Nicholas Adult High School and the John Howard Society.

There are diverse learning needs among those staying at our shelter. Students are able to work one-on-one with the teacher on a variety of goals including basic literacy, computer training, job searching through Career Cruising, on-line courses, high school credit courses (including co-operative education) and some also receive support for post-secondary programs. French Club is a Stepping Stones’ favourite. Students come together to practise their conversational French skills while learning new vocabulary and grammar. Stepping Stones’ activities run throughout the year and include opportunities to learn new creative arts skills, enjoy cultural and educational events and participate in field trips.

Finding a voice with Discovery University

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A program called Discovery University allows people living on a low income to participate in non-credit, university-level Humanities and Social Sciences courses at no cost. Thanks to a partnership between The Ottawa Mission, University of Ottawa, Saint Paul University, Carleton University and First Baptist Church, the courses are taught by professors from the universities and all textbooks and course materials are provided at no cost to the students. The program helps encourage a commitment to learning and helps students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The 10 week courses that started in September 2017 are Digital Photography, Sociology Through Stand-Up and Social Solidarity. If you or someone you know are interested in exploring the criteria for applying for a DU course, please contact the Program Coordinator at DiscoveryU@ottawamission.com .