Your Local Adult Learning Network for Pathway Planning

We are your first stop when it comes to planning and finding the right program for your goals.  The Adult Basic Education Association exists to improve the quality of life in the community of Hamilton through the promotion and support of lifelong learning.  As a learning network, we don’t deliver any programs.  Instead, we help you navigate the various options out there.

Do you need to upgrade your skills to get a job? Or, do you have educational goals and you don’t know where to start?

We can discuss your options and help you develop a plan that is right for you!  There are free adult upgrading programs across the city.

Call us today! 905-527-2222


ABEA Receives Grant from Hamilton Community Foundation!

Thank you to the Hamilton Community Foundation!  We have received funding provided by the Giovanni & Grazia Criminisi Literacy Fund and the Edith H. Turner Foundation Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation.  With this grant we will be able to offer free educational planning services to anyone that wouldn’t otherwise have access to them.  To make a referral – click here.  Spots will be available until September 2020.


ABEA Leaders in Literacy Awards – Nominations Open!

The ABEA presents the annual Leaders in Literacy Awards at our annual Leaders in Literacy Breakfast in June.  This year’s event is June 11, 2020 – save the date!

Nominations are now open until March 31st.  Please see the Awards page for more details and for the nomination form.

The Kim Brooks Memorial Lifelong Learning Award – This award is in memory of an outstanding supporter of lifelong learning and a friend of ABEA.  This award is open to anyone 18 years and older, living in the city of Hamilton, or to any agency/business working within Hamilton, who has a long and outstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

The Hamilton Spectator Adult Learner Literacy Award – This award celebrates the achievements of adult learners who exemplify the spirit of lifelong learning.

The Excellence in Adult Teaching Award – This award is given in recognition of outstanding commitment and dedication by a paid teacher/instructor in the field of adult literacy and basic education within Hamilton.

The CIBC World Markets Children’s Foundation Individual Early Literacy Education Award – This award was established in 2006 to recognize excellence by an individual involved in early literacy education (ages 0-6).

The Agency Early Literacy Education Award – This award was established in 2006 to recognize excellence by an agency involved in early literacy education (ages 0-6).


ABEA is hosting 2 Upcoming Training Events – Registration is Now Open!

1. Bridges out of Poverty Workshop
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
St. Charles Adult & Continuing Education Centre – 150 East 5th St. (lower cafeteria)
Deadline to register – February 19, 2020
Bridges Out of Poverty is a strength-based approach to working with people living in poverty, either generational or situational.  It explains how to avoid the “fix-it” approach to working with people in poverty and focus on the building of resources at individual, organizational and community levels.  If your organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges – and strengths – will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

2.  Getting Ahead in the Workplace (must complete Bridges to access this training)
Thursday, April 30, 2020 – 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
St. Charles Adult & Continuing Education Centre – 150 East 5th St. (lower cafeteria)
Deadline to register – April 23, 2020
What is “Getting Ahead in the Workplace”?
A “kitchen table learning experience” for individuals living in poverty where you explore
– how the conditions in a person’s home, community and work impact them
– the skills that give people the confidence to do what it takes to get ahead
– how to build resources, relationships and connections
– ways to deal with change and create stability