City of Brantford launches Graduate Brantford Strategy to Support Education and Inspire Lifelong Learning 

For Immediate Release
9/11/2018 
Contact: Heather Carvalho, Communications Specialist, Communications and Community E 
Phone: 519.759.4150 

BRANTFORD, ON – To support continuing education and encourage lifelong learning for residents, the City of Brantford has released the Graduate Brantford Strategy: Building a Community of Learning, becoming one of the first municipalities in Ontario to develop a community-wide education strategy. The plan includes three focus areas: early learning, school success, and inspiring a community of learning and career exploration.

The strategy contains 18 recommendations, including increasing access to EarlyOn Child and Family Centres through additional sites and expanded hours, building awareness of learning and career opportunities, increasing internship placements within the City of Brantford, expanding education-focused programming through the Neighbourhood Hubs, and creating a Graduate Brantford Task Force comprised of community leaders. Over the past three years, the City has been actively involved in developing education-focused projects such as CityStudio Brantford, the Neighbourhood Learning Services, the development of the EarlyON Child and Family Centres, and the creation of the Major Ballachey Hub, one of the first school-based community hubs in Ontario.

The City of Brantford will officially launch the Graduate Brantford Strategy on September 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Brantford Public Library. Members of the public are invited to the special event to celebrate learning, which will take place during Lifelong Learning Week happening September 15 to 22, 2018. Residents can enjoy refreshments while interacting with local education and skills development providers.

The Graduate Brantford Strategy: Building a Community of Learning (PDF) was developed through research and consultation with partners within the education and skills training sector such as the Grand Valley Education Society, Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, Boards of Education, post-secondary institutions, and a wide range of health and human services providers. The plan is available online at brantford.ca/GraduateBrantford.

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“It’s important that the City take an active role in supporting educational success. We’ve worked with the post-secondary sector and the Province to bring educational institutions to Brantford, and we’ve developed programs that create learning opportunities for students of all ages. I’m very proud of the work our partners are doing, and how the community has come together to focus on these goals.”

City of Brantford Mayor Chris Friel

“Our school boards and post-secondary institutions are the education experts. Our role in the community is to help every child be ready to start school, and to support individuals and families so they can be successful in their educational and career goals. Higher levels of education are directly linked to higher incomes, better health, and lower crime rates, so working together on this Strategy will have important benefits for the entire community over the long-term.”

Josephine Atanas, General Manager, Health and Human Services, City of Brantford

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Media Contact:

Heather Carvalho, Communications Specialist, Communications and Community
Engagement | City of Brantford | Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5741 | hcarvalho@brantford.ca