Learner Stories

Dawn’s Story

Dawn’s Story

I was aging out of the school system, so my husband’s social worker suggested I go to the Learning Exchange because they could help me get my GED. I went more than once to see what would work for me and that never seemed to matter. In 2019, I went back to WorkLinks because I got tired of living on the system. I took all nine workshops of the Soft Skills training. They also helped me find an internship with the United Way. 

I was originally supposed to be there for one month, but they ended up keeping me for an additional month because it was so busy. I learned so much; how to do reports, typing and time management. I also learned that the earlier you show up, the better it looks. So, show up early and be ready. 

That’s how I have figured out what I want to do now. I always liked the idea of working in an office. Now my goal is to finish my GED, go to college to get the education to become a receptionist and then work. 

I tell everyone – if you need help – go see them. The staff is really caring and they don’t judge. It’s amazing there. I’m pretty much part of the family now.

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Trish’s Story

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Matt’s Story

I heard about the Learning Exchange from my case worker at the Teen Resource Centre. She suggested I check it out and see if the programs might be helpful for me. I wanted to finish high school, so I met with someone at the Learning Exchange and they told me about the G.O.A.L.S. program. It was interesting to me because it was different from the schools I had gone to before. 

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Madalynn’s Story

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