Drayton Valley & District Community Learning Association

#113, 5400 22 Ave
At the Clean Energy Technology Centre
Drayton Valley, Alberta

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©2018 by Drayton Valley & District Community Learning Association.

GED Prep Program

Free for qualified applicants!

General Equivalency Diploma:

This flexible learning format allows students to learn strategies to prepare for writing the GED exam. Students focus on developing and improving their writing, reading, science, social studies, and math skills. Students also practice various GED assessment tests to help them feel more comfortable in a timed testing environment. 

This class is designed to help you prepare for your GED exam, or the Alberta General Equivalency Diploma (Grade 12).   Topics include Reading, Writing, Socials, Science and Math. 8 week course through NorQuest College, with free tutoring provided by Drayton Valley & District Community Learning Association.

New Futures Job Skills Program


Resume, Career Change, Job Search Help!  This is a one week FREE program.  Classes are Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm

Topics covered:

  • Career Action Plan

  • Current Job Market

  • Impact of Job Loss and Grief

  • Overview of Job Search Process

  • Managing Change after Job Loss

  • Social Connectivity and Networking

  • Career Transition and Career Planning

  • Resume and Cover Letter Development

  • Interview Skills and Informational Interviews

  • Social Media, Marketing & Internet Job Search Skills


New Futures is designed to give you the skills, tools and confidence you need to build your resume and cover letter, network online and offline, cold call for info, interview with confidence, search for a job, use social media as a tool, transition to a new career and discusses the impact of job loss and grief.  This program includes 1 week of instruction and a 2nd week of one-on-one help with your resume, cover letter, job search, etc.  If you are looking for help in a certain area or areas only, please let us know as we might be able to accommodate you.


Next Start dates for 2019/2020:

November 25 - 29

December 9 - 13

Click the button to download forms for registration.  Please bring the forms in to us, or scan and email them to us at info@dvcommunitylearning.ca to complete the registration process.  Don't forget to let us know which week you are registering for!  

Microsoft Word


Level 1 - Participants learn to use Word and its various screens, toolbars and menus, by practicing document creation, editing, formatting, printing and various time-saving techniques.


Level 2 - Customizing your Word environment, such as toolbars, AutoCorrect and AutoText, numbering formats, creating styles and working with tables and columns.  Pre-requisite – Word Level 1


Level 3:  Topics covered will include: customizing Word options, mail merge, labels and envelopes, advanced headers and footers, templates and forms. Pre-requisite Word Level 2.


2019/2020 dates:  Please call to be put on interest list!


Level 1:  postponed.

Level 2:  postponed. 

Level 3:  TBA

Instructor:  Joanne Swensrude, Know It Sooner Computer Training

Microsoft Excel


Level 1 - Participants will learn to identify the elements of the Excel workspace, enter and edit data, enter formulas and functions, save, open and create workbooks, manipulate cell ranges, format sheet appearances, print, and manipulate the display of workbooks.



Level 2 - Participants will learn advanced workbook features, including range names, working with multiple sheets, linking data, and 3-D referencing. Participants will learn how to create more advanced functions and macros and customize the toolbar.  Pre-requisite - Excel Level 1



Level 3: Participants will learn advanced functions such as COUNT, COUNTIF, SUMIF. You will also be introduced to pivot tables, cell protection, freezing panes, worksheet protection, and much more. Pre-requisite- Excel level 2


2019/2020 Dates: 


Level 1:  December 2 -  9am - 4pm (rescheduled from November)

Level 2:  December 3 -  9am - 4pm

Level 3:  TBA

Instructor:  Joanne Swensrude, Know It Sooner Computer Training​


Microsoft Powerpoint


Participants will learn: Powerpoint basics, creating and editing a presentation, additional formatting techniques, getting ready to print, drawing and objects.


2019/2020 Dates:  

Powerpoint:  Please call to be put on interest list!

Instructor:  Joanne Swensrude, Know It Sooner Computer Training​

Basic Bookkeeping


You'll learn the basics of double-entry bookkeeping, as well as how to analyze and record financial transactions. You'll get hands-on experience with handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll procedures, sales taxes, and various common banking activities. We'll cover all the bases, from writing checks to preparing an income statement and closing out accounts at the end of each fiscal period.

Monthly start dates!


Go to ed2go.com/norquest to get more information and to register.

Whether you're a sole proprietor looking to manage your business finances or you simply want to gain an understanding of accounting basics for career advancement or for personal use, this course will give you a solid foundation in financial matters.

Accounting Software Training

$249 / level

SAGE Simply Accounting Level 1:  

Teaches you how to perform daily accounting tasks in the General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Payroll.  This course is intended for someone who will primarily be doing data entry.


Simply Accounting Level 2:

Level 2: Introduces some of the more advanced functions and capabilities of Sage 50 Accounting. It is designed for computer users who are already familiar with accounting with work experience in the basic operations of Sage 50 Premium Accounting and/or have completed Level 1.


Quickbooks Level 1:

Intuit’s QuickBooks focuses on accounting fundamentals and teaches core concepts needed for typical daily business transactions. Practical hands-on exercises are used to provide the student with a valuable skill set that can be applied to everyday life. They include: setting up a company, entering transactions to the general ledger, generating reports and processing receivables and payables.


Quickbooks Level 2:

A continuation of basic features for daily accounting tasks using QuickBooks and will introduce some of the more advanced functions and capabilities of QuickBooks. Students will look at how to create company files, and deal with more advanced tasks for receivables, payables, inventory and payroll.


2019/2020 dates:  

Simply Accounting (SAGE) Level 1: November 22 - 24, 2019

Fridy 6pm -9pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm

Simply Accounting (SAGE) Level 2:  TBA (based on interest)

Fridy 6pm -9pm

Saturday & Sunday 9am - 5pm

Quickbooks Level 1: TBD - Please call to be put on interest list for these courses!

Quickbooks Level 2: TBD


Instructor:  Debbie Robinson


Basic Computer Classes


Do you need help with everyday computer skills?  We can help you with one-on-one or small group classes where you will learn how to manage files, send and receive emails, save and send attachments, photo basics, and internet searches.  Lots of practical tips to get you over that fear of pressing the wrong button! 

This is a class for new computer users.  You will learn to feel comfortable working with your operating system while acquiring tips and tricks for customizing your computer, managing your files and folders and navigating the Internet.

We have classes running all the time for basic computer use.  Please call or stop in today for an assessment and placement in one of our great classes.  Or maybe one-on-one tutoring will work better for you!  We can help get you started. 

Mavis Beacon Typing


Mavis Beacon is the premiere typing tutorial software to improve typing efficiency and speed.  Increase your typing speed with lots of practice and help with this proven software.


Independent learning - Monday to Thursday 9am - 3pm.  Subject to available computer stations.  Call to book your time. 

Price:  $Free

Basic iPads for Seniors


iPads for Seniors will teach you the basic functions of using this fun technology!  Learn how to open and close apps, take pictures, search the internet, and more!  Bring your own iPad, or come and learn on ours before you decide to buy one for yourself! 

We have classes running all the time in Drayton Valley and Breton.  Please call if you are interested and we can let you know the next dates!

Computer Tutoring

One-on-One tutoring is available for computers!  Contact us to schedule an assesement and placement consultation.

Refund Policy

Our classes and programs only run if we have sufficient registrations to cost-recover.  As a non-profit organization, we aim to provide learning opportunities that are a reasonable cost for learners, while providing quality instruction.  In order to ensure sufficient time to manage instructors, classroom bookings and materials, classes are non-refundable within 10 days of a class start date, except where:

- a course is cancelled or rescheduled

- a learner provides a letter from a health practitioner


A full refund will be given if withdrawal from a class takes place at least 10 days before the start of the class.   Class fees are transferrable to another person if you cannot attend for whatever reason.

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have a suggestion?

If you need some training, and you don't see the class listed here, let us know!  We are always looking for more opportunities to respond to learning needs in our community, and frequently add new classes and workshops to our list.

want to teach?

Are you passionate about helping others?  We are always looking for local instructors to help teach classes in Job Skills, Computers and Software, Exam Prep, Language and other Foundational Learning skills.  

Let us know if you have an idea for a class.  You can submit your course idea via email or give us a call!