Students enrolled in adult learning programs offered by the formerAnnapolis County Learning Network will still be able to accessprograms this fall. As part of its commitment to lifelong learning, the Department ofEducation has provided annual grants to more than 30 organizationsto support the delivery of adult learning programs. The departmentoffered the learning network a funding increase of almost eightper cent for this year. The network’s board declined the increaseand voted today, Aug. 24, to dissolve the organization. “While we regret the organization’s decision to close, our primaryconcern is the students of the Annapolis region,” said EducationMinister Jamie Muir. “We have secured an interim partnership withNova Scotia Community College to ensure that adult learners inthis region can return to their programs this September.” The partnership with the community college will allow the classesto continue at the Middleton site of the college’s AnnapolisValley Campus until June 2005. “The network’s programs have been offered at the community collegefor the past several years, and the students have become a part ofour college community,” said David Woolnough, principal at theAnnapolis Valley Campus. “We’re glad to partner with theDepartment of Education to ensure that these students can continuetheir studies with us.” Program information will be finalized over the next few weeks.Adult learners in the Annapolis region may contact the Departmentof Education for more information at 902-424-5165.