Those who were thinking about upgrading their education got a chance to see what it’s like during open visits at the Hants Learning Network Association (HLNA) in Windsor earlier in October.
Katharine McCoubrey, executive director of the HLNA, said the open visits, a first for the organization, were aimed at giving people a chance to see first-hand what they offer.
“They got to come in while our regular classes were happening so that they could talk to our teachers, our students and find out a little more about,” McCoubrey said. “A few people came to check this out and we had others call in who maybe couldn’t come in person.”
This was the first time the HLNA has tried this approach, and McCoubrey said she was excited to have one participant sign up on the day they visited.
The open visits took place on Oct. 3, 5 and 11 throughout the day.
“One of our biggest challenges is getting the word out there about what we do,” she said. “If you don’t know this service is here, you might not know you could benefit from coming.”
HLNA’s programs are free of charge, with flexible hours available.
An open house for HLNA is planned for Nov. 24, which is open to the general public and includes a ticket auction.
The organization recently received $10,000 grant from Farm Credit Canada, which will go towards renovations at their new location.
“They have what’s called the AgriSprit Fund, and it’s set up to support initiatives that will improve rural communities,” she said. “We applied this year for the first time and were very pleased to find out that we were one of over 1,700 applications across the country that we approved.”
HLNA has been at its new location in the Windsor-West Hants Business Park for approximately a year, and hasn’t been able to fully complete renovations since moving to that site. This grant will allow that to happen.