Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead – Build a Better Life

Get ahead and break the cycle of living in or near poverty.

Get Ahead by learning to make positive changes in your life as you work through and complete the Getting Ahead sessions. Start date for sessions to start Feb 26, 2024, and run Mondays 1-4 and Fridays 9-12.

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Regular commitment to attend all sessions is important.

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Contact us at, call us at 613-284-2121 or stop by our office in Smiths Falls for a registration form. Pre-registration is a must as seats are limited.

Adult Learning & Training Centre

52 Abbott St. N. – Unit 3D, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 1W3

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All of the Adult Learning & Training Centre programs are provided FREE of charge.

Graduates Getting Ahead December 2023


I realize I have a voice and feel able to know where to address my issues.


I enjoyed getting to know different people and learning about resources, in short a good learning experience.


My questions have been answered beautifully by my facilitator. I feel more capable of taking the issue of poverty to local government. I feel more knowledgeable in the ways to budget and access different resources for help.


This class got me out of the house and socializing something I have never got to do. It has brought me out of my shell, I have been happier. The people are very  helpful, and I know they do not judge, they actually make me feel really good about myself. ALTC has not only given me knowledge but has helped me learn about myself and better myself.


Getting Ahead Fall 2023?

As part of the Getting Ahead Program, learners completed a learning Milestone where they had to use whatever medium they wished to express themselves. They had to pick a topic that reflected what they had been investigating in class.

The following are two examples of the creativity of the group and represent two of the many barriers to low-income families that are explored in the Getting Ahead Program.

This diorama was created to show the increasing cost of basic groceries. The learner used magazines and receipts to express her concern over rising prices. Many in low-income households are finding it increasingly difficult to feed their families.

This learner also noted that grocery prices have increased by 5.90% as of September of 2023.

This picture effectively depicts the divide between the rich and the poor, with the middle class trying to balance in the middle.

The middle class attempts to help those living in low- income by offering help. As the second part of the picture suggests the rich are getting richer and the middle class is in a precarious position. One small change in their life, an illness, losing a job can easily find them in the low-income bracket.

As for those already in low income there is little being down to address the imbalance of wealth.

What is Getting Ahead?

A program proven to assist individuals in making meaningful change, whether they are looking for employment or just wish to take make changes in their lives.

Getting Ahead is a 20-session group workshop that will help you stabilize your situation and build resources to improve your life.

Getting Ahead is approximately 50-60 hrs, 2 days week, each  session at 3 hrs per session with a minimum 15 minute break.

This series of workshops helps individuals to build their resources for a more successful life for themselves, their families, and their communities. Participants will explore the effects of poverty and identify personal and community resources supportive to their plan to Get Ahead.

The program guides you through the process of assessing your life and circumstances and teaches you how to build resources and how to develop tools and skills as part of your move to self-sufficiency. 

Getting Ahead participants create their own plan for a better life, build healthy relationships with others, set short- and long-term goals, and develop a step-by-step plan to achieve those goals.

There is a great deal of self-assessment of resources (mental, physical, financial, etc.). Building specific resources and building on current resources is also part of the self-assessment.

Participants will set GOALS to change their circumstances, using The S.M.A.R.T. principle for goal setting.

MAKE PERSONAL CHANGES using the Theory of Change, to easier navigate the workplace and build relationships across economic divides.

PLAN FOR A BETTER FUTURE, participants will explore their personal and community resources, utilizing these resources to reach their goals.

Why Getting Ahead?

Click on the link below for real life examples of participants experiences.


What if I can not attend all sessions?

We realise that from time-to-time life demands may mean having to miss a session or two. The group will decide how many missed sessions are acceptable. For missed sessions facilitators will assign “homework” and send paperwork or a slide show so that participants can catch up.

What about transportation?

Our hope is that as we run the workshops in different areas within Lanark, Leeds and Grenville transportation will be less of an issue. If you do have a transportation issue,  please discuss this with staff at intake.

What if I am just too anxious to attend?

This is very natural, meeting new people and taking this step in your personal growth. Be assured this course is non judgemental, you will be investigating with individuals in similar circumstances, who understand the everyday hardships you encounter. The facilitator is there to learn along with you. We will also be holding several “open houses” where you can meet the facilitators.

Are you ready to do this?

If you feel you are ready to do this, or just need more information, please contact us at the Adult Learning & Training Centre, 613-284-2121 or