The Upper Grand District School Board is the recipient of $586,000 of provincial funding for free language training for newcomers and immigrants in Guelph, Wellington, and Dufferin Counties.
Director of Education with the Upper Grand District School Board, Martha Rogers the funding will enhance an already established ESL (English as a Secondary Language).
Rogers says 30 ESL courses are offered in Guelph at the St Georges Centre, with additional courses run up in Drayton and Orangeville.
She says the board works with close to a thousand learners per year. Many of those are newly arrived Syrian refugees, and states they provide different classes day and evening throughout the week and even offer a free bus service to pick up the adults around the city and take them to the learning Centre.