When you have clear vision – 20/20 vision – setting goals, seeking guidance and putting plans into action is the easy part.
That seems so hard, you say.
Most students have shared that when they come to St. Louis Adult Learning and Continuing Education Centres, the hardest part was opening the door.
Who stands at our doors – literally and virtually?
- an aspiring college or university student needing to upgrade or earn a pre-requisite
- anyone at a crossroads looking to start a new job or develop skills toward a career
- someone who has been out of school for a while and wanting to finally finish their high school diploma
- a high school student wanting to finish their last couple of credits quickly instead of a 5th year
- a hard-working parent, juggling work, family obligations and finding it hard to fit school in the mix
- a newcomer or landed immigrant wanting to improve their English for a better life
- or parents wanting to find fun and meaningful learning opportunities outside of school, so their child may be more successful in school
If this is you, then it’s time to open that door and we will work with you to set some goals.
Let’s be real – even the best-laid plans may not turn out the way you expect. You may not achieve every goal you set out, or your goal may change and develop as time progresses. Most paths are not a straight line.
Either way, it’s important to have an idea of how to set goals. Developing SMART goals is a great way to get started.
Not all SMART goals are created equally, either.
To start, think about what long-term goals you want to set. These goals will take longer and have more moving parts. (By the way, finishing your high school as an adult might not take as long as you think it will)
Once you’ve determined a long-term goal (or a couple), break it down and determine:
- Obstacles that will make it hard to achieve.
- Resources that can help you hit your target.
- Benefits of making the goal happen.
Next, you’ll want to further break down your SMART goal into smaller targets or short-term goals. What tasks can you accomplish in the next day or weeks to help you reach your end result?
As you approach a new year, share these goals with someone. You are welcomed to come to St. Louis with your 20/20 vision or even your hopes for your future and
- St. Louis Guidance Counsellors will work with you to develop an educational plan. They will look at your past education and life experience, explore where you are at now, what you need to achieve your goal and how best to get you there quickly, affordably and successfully.
- Get a language assessment at the YMCA to determine your English language level. St. Louis ESL/ LINC teachers will work with you in class. They have real-life tasks that will help you communicate better, leading to work, further education and Canadian citizenship.
- Visit our website to find out what’s required and what benefits you gain from our three skills training programs. There are lots of jobs in food service, hairstyling, barbering and personal support worker. Louis can help you gain employable skills and certificates.
- Explore the many language offerings available evenings and Saturdays that could enhance your child’s learning in the new year. Feel free to email or call if you cannot find the language you are interested in on our website.
- Ask your child’s Grade 7 – 10 teacher or Principal what resources they have to help your child do better in school and how a St. Louis after school or Saturday program can help
Put 2020 Plans into Action
- NOW – Culinary Program has a few spots left for the next class that begins January 6th . Call St. Louis school before December 19th to register.
- December 16-19, 8:30-12:30 / 1:30-3pm + Tuesday and Wednesday evening – Term 3 Secondary School Credit classes begin Tuesday, January 7. Online correspondence courses begin at any time. Visit a Guidance Counsellor Monday to Thursday at 80 Young Street, Kitchener or 150 Main Street, Cambridge. No Guidance services over the holidays.
- January 13 at 9:00am – Personal Support Worker intake/info session for a class that starts February 19.
- January 14 at 6:00pm – Hairstyling / Barbering intake for a class that starts March 23
- New ESL / LINC registrations are welcome any time after January 6. Bring your language assessment from the YMCA, Immigrant services. ESL/LINC classes resume January 6 at all 7 locations.
- Register your child online any time for one of 19 International Languages elementary (IL) offered for JK to Grade 8 students. When children learn another language, they tend to do better overall in school. IL classes resume January 11.
- Register your child online any time if your child is in Grade 7 or 8 and struggling with school. You may also start anytime to get academic help on Saturday mornings or ask your school if they have a homework club.
- ALWAYS Celebrate the start of a new year by reflecting on what you HAVE accomplished. And know that St. Louis can be here beside you as you build on your hope for more, better or different, pursue opportunities and continue a pathway to educational success.
Don’t stand at the door and wait for someone to open it for you.
You can wish for it, hope for it, dream of it.
By all means, do it.