Adult Learner Spotlight Series

The Adult Learner Conference is now our Spotlight Series!
Join us for these free, online sessions!  Attend as many sessions as you like.
This year ABEA is hosting a series of 8 spotlight sessions for adult learners throughout the year.  Each session is 1 hour with topics chosen by adult learners in Hamilton.  Follow us on social media to stay up to date on future learner conference sessions!  (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)

Click Here to Register for Sessions

Once you register you’ll get an email with the link to attend sessions.  The link is the same for all sessions.  Just click on the link at the day/time of the sessions you’d like to attend.  Already registered for a session earlier this year?  No need to register again!  The link is the same for all sessions.  Just click on the day/time of the session you’d like to attend.
Have a question or need some support?  Connect with us.
Call us – 905-527-2222 x 3   (Leah)
Text us – 289-275-1685
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And there’s more!  At the end of each session there will be a draw for a $25 gift card.  If you’re the winner, you can choose from Indigo, Amazon, Walmart or Tim Horton’s.  The gift card will be emailed to you.

To attend, you will need an Internet connection and a device (computer, tablet or phone).  Click on the meeting link at the day/time of the session.  All sessions are on Zoom.  You don’t need a Zoom account to attend.  When you click on the link it will open a tab in your Internet browser.  It will give you options to attend online or through your Zoom application (if you have it).  If you have any questions or need any support, please connect with us.

Session Schedule

Date                March 20, 2024, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Topic               Adult Literacy and Numeracy Resources and Supports

Presenter        Tina Ighorewo, ABC Life Literacy Canada

Description     ABC Life Literacy Canada is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting adult learners across Canada.  We create introductory learning materials that are available at no charge and are offered through downloadable resources.

We work with a variety of social and community organizations across Canada and they utilize our materials for virtual or in-person workshops.

In this presentation, we will cover

  • general information about ABC Life Literacy Canada
  • ABC Life Literacy Canada’s program offerings, including the Money Matters program
  • how to access and utilize our materials
  • and more!


Past Sessions with Links

Date                September 26, 2023, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Topic               City School by Mohawk – Try College for Free!

Presenter        Catherine Maracle, Mohawk College

Description     Have you ever thought about trying out college?  City School by Mohawk has free courses and workshops in the community.  These are a stepping stone to post-secondary and employment.  City School gives you the opportunity to try college for free in a welcoming and small classroom environment.  Join in to see what City School can do for you!


Date                October 18, 2023, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Topic               Employment Services with PATH Employment

Presenter        Nicole Delottinville, PATH Employment

Description    PATH offers employment counseling and job search support to people experiencing barriers to employment.  In this session we will cover what the client journey looks like including

  • eligibility and suitability
  • intake process
  • creating and working through an employment action plan with your Employment Coordinator
  • job search support and job development
  • support for individuals with disabilities
  • and so much more!

If PATH isn’t a suitable option for you at the moment, we have many services that could be helpful to you or someone you know in the future.


Date                November 2, 2023, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

Topic              Explore Education Options with ABEA

Presenter       Jeimy Martinez Sorto

Description   There are so many options out there – which one is right for you?  This workshop will highlight educational options and pathways like

  • upgrading your skills for your next step
  • getting your Grade 12 or equivalent (like the GED or Academic and Career Entrance)
  • apprenticeship
  • post-secondary


Date                November 14, 2023, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Topic               Hamilton Red Book – Community Information by Hamilton Public Library

Presenter        Meg DeForest, Hamilton Public Library

Description     Want to learn more about community services and supports in Hamilton?  The Red Book by the Hamilton Public Library provides trusted, up-to-date information about social services and community resources.  Join in to find out how to connect with the resources you need!


Date                January 17, 2024, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Topic               Better Jobs Ontario (BJO) Information Session with Goodwill Career Centre

Presenter        Stephanie Brash, Goodwill

Description     Are you thinking of training for a job?  Get skills training and financial support when you qualify for Better Jobs Ontario.  Join us to learn about Goodwill’s employment supports and how they can help you apply for Better Jobs Ontario funding.  This free info session covers topics like

  • what is Better Jobs Ontario
  • who is eligible for to apply for BJO (including the Fast Track option for those laid-off due to COVID)
  • what programs are funded by BJO and how much funding may be provided
  • an overview of the application process


Date               January 31, 2024, 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Topic              Getting Your High School Diploma or Alternatives


Description   Are you thinking about getting your high school diploma?  This session will feature presentations on the Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) process and the Academic Career Entrance (ACE) program.

Learn about

  • eligibility and suitability
  • intake process
  • length
  • difference between PLAR and ACE

This session will not address the General Education Development (GED) because it will be discontinued in the Spring 2024.


Date                February 13, 2024, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Topic               Mohawk College – Apprenticeship Community Hub


  • Louise Stallings, Mohawk College Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Community Hub
  • Cat Maracle, City School by Mohawk

Do you want to learn more about the skilled trades and apprenticeship?  Join our Spotlight session with the Mohawk College Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Community Hub.  This workshop covers a range of topics including

  • apprenticeship pathways
  • the 4 trade sectors
  • connecting with an employer
  • next steps to explore a career in the trades
This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.