Cumberland Adult Network for Upgrading
21 Acadia St., 2nd floor Amherst, NS B4H 4W3
Tel: (902) 661 0153
Fax: (902) 661 3221
Offering Cumberland County adults academic and employability training in a safe, supportive learning environment.
CAN-U is open by appointment.
To get in touch:
(902) 661 0153, or
use our website contact form
Leave a message with us and staff will contact you with a time to discuss your goals.
Adult Learning Program
Designed to help adults develop a variety of essential skills needed to learn, live, and work in their communities. Adults enrolled in the program will be able to work toward a number of personal goals, which may include the following:
improving literacy, math, problem-solving, critical-thinking, & teamwork skills
acquiring the Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma for Adults
preparing to write the GED test to further employment opportunities
entering the workforce
preparing to enter a post-secondary institution
General Educational Development
The GED is a set of five tests that, when passed, certify the test taker as having met high school level equivalency. Subjects are:
Language Arts: Writing
Language Arts: Reading
You prepare for and write one subject at a time, completing each computer-based test at NSCC Amherst. It is free to write, and you don’t need to rewrite any tests you have already passed.
Learners registering for this program will be assessed on each subject to find out where they need instruction and practice. Learners then work independently and in a group environment with staff support to prepare for their chosen test.
For more information about writing the GED in Nova Scotia, click here.
Step up your math test prep! In Math Club, you will have access to instruction in common math skills, be guided through word problems and multiple choice questions, and work independently on math at your level.
Focused Skill Development
In FSD, staff work with learners to:
identify barriers to success
develop learning plans to target employment, academic, and life literacy goals
assist learners in navigating and accessing resources in the community and online
Content has included but is not limited to:
understanding formal documents/agreements ie: tenancy, cell phones etc.
completion of forms – NSCC applications
employment search strategies,
resume and cover letter development,
making referrals to community resources,
guided discussions to help learners process their experiences
test preparation strategies and study skills
targeted instruction in various areas of academics
other goals identified by the learner
Develop your ability to share your ideas through writing – with a focus on writing for essays and tests. Develop your grammar, improve your vocabulary, and workshop your writing with an instructor and your classmates.
You will put cooking skills to practice by preparing a series of recipes using ingredients that are budget friendly and easy to get.
A guided exercise routine that is designed to work for every fitness level. This 1-hour class is available for all CAN-U students and will focus on flexibility and basic movements. Get moving, have fun, be healthier.
Adulting 101 is a crash course in everything required to excel in today’s world. The program covers a wide range of topics including budgeting, conflict resolution, organization, technology etiquette, healthy living and more!
Flex your creative muscles! Join us for a variety of artistic projects designed to help you express yourself in new ways. Who knows: you might learn something new!
CAN-U offers programming at other locations:
Maggie's Place Family Resource Centre - Amherst, NS
- Wednesday morning 9-10:30
- childcare and transportation available, if needed
Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre - Springhill, NS
- Wednesday afternoon 1-3
Some CAN-U programs integrate a number of workshops and training opportunities designed to help students gain the employment skills employers are looking for. Learners enrolled in these particular programs are automatically enrolled in these workshops.
CAN-U partners with qualified organizations and instructors to provide courses such as: 1st Aid/CPR, Mental Health First Aid, WHMIS, OHS, Violence in the Workplace, Food Hygiene, WorldHost Customer Service, Anger Management and many more.
As a learner in any other CAN-U program, you are eligible to earn these certificates free of charge - when space is available.