Adult Learning Centre Practices
Following is a list of practices, policies and expectations that are considered “business as usual” for McLeod and Transcona adult learning centres.
The parking lot at McLeod was made when there were far fewer students and staff in the building. There is limited parking for students (five spots) and the rest are for people registering for continuing education, guests and staff (who pay for their spots and come and go—so a vacant spot is not an available space). It is just easier all round to park on the street, and this reduces congestion in the small parking lot. At Transcona, there are even fewer parking spots for students, but there is ample space available on nearby streets. Please ask the office staff for more information.
Lockdown and other emergency procedures
As we are based in a school division building, we are required to have lockdown and emergency procedures regarding intruders, fire and other potentially dangerous situations. Your teachers will share specific information with you about what to do in the event of such emergencies and notices are posted in each classroom.
Transcripts of your marks
Your transcript will be available for pickup from the office following the end of each semester. When you have completed your diploma requirements, your final transcript will have a statement on it to that effect that you can use with an employer or post-secondary institution. You are issued your diploma at graduation in June. To qualify for admission to a post-secondary program before you graduate, you may need a statement from us to say that you are enrolled in the appropriate courses and progressing satisfactorily. We are happy to provide this to you, free of charge. Please ask at the office and provide the details about where it needs to be sent. As the office clerical staff are busy, we appreciate advance notice.
Depending on your course selections, you will be expected to supply the following: geometry set, calculator, highlighters, graph paper, binders, pens and pencils.
Please let the office know if you are planning to withdraw from a course. Better still, speak with a staff member about how we might help you to stay in the program.
When you are ready to graduate
The winter semester at the centres is an exciting time. This is when those students who are in line to graduate are informed of graduation procedures and the details of our ceremony, held in late June. We will be in touch with your teachers about you, and with you directly, during this time. If you are able to attend the ceremony, your gown will be ordered for you based on details you give us at that time. If somehow you haven’t heard about graduation by late April and you feel you should be graduating this year, please contact the office as soon as possible. You may graduate at the RETSD Adult Education Program ceremony whether you receive a mature student diploma or a regular high school diploma.
Already mentioned as the best way to ensure your own success is regular attendance. Poor attendance affects your classmates in that they may find it annoying if it requires the teacher to spend valuable class time “catching you up”. Please let your teacher know you will be away, if you know in advance, and find a classmate who will lend you notes or otherwise help you catch up. If you miss a couple of sessions, expect a call from your teacher to see how you are. If the problem is one you are having difficulty solving, we will want to discuss options with you. As a last resort, you will be removed from the course—but we will be happy to welcome you back at another time. Sometimes one’s life is just not ready for the commitment of school—however, next semester or next year may be different.
No smoking policy
River East Transcona School Division has a no-smoking policy within its buildings and surrounding property. Please do not smoke on the street in front of the buildings or outside the homes close by, as our neighbours call to complain!
Food/drink, socializing and guests
At McLeod there is a lunchroom containing a fridge, microwave and stove for use by staff and students. Please feel welcome, but we ask that you clean up after yourself by washing plates, cups, etc. Exercise consideration with food and drink in the classrooms and please do not bring food or drinks into the computer lab or the study/tutorial room—spills on keyboards are costly to repair! Ask guests to come to the office or meet you at the front door. Transcona is a smaller building and unfortunately has no separate lunchroom, but please feel free to bring food and ask a staff member where it is best to sit.
Your time at any diploma-granting learning institution is really like being in a contract. The institution’s part is to provide you with an appropriate program of studies designed to result in a transcript of grades and a diploma that entitles you to some important privileges in our society, such as the right to apply for certain jobs that were probably unavailable to you before. In return, students also have responsibilities, and the institution and your fellow students have some expectations regarding you and your behaviour. Some of the more obvious expectations have been outlined above, but we hope you will also be generous of your time to others who may need it. This helps improve everyone’s experience at our centres, including yours!
Process for concerns to be expressed and addressed
If you have concerns about anything that is happening at McLeod or Transcona, firstly, try to discuss your concern with those directly involved (e.g., if you are worried about the way you have been awarded marks for assignments, speak directly with the teacher in question). If you feel your concerns are not adequately addressed, please meet with the director. Should you still not be satisfied, the next step is to take your concern to the superintendents department of the school division.
Please do not talk on cellphones in class. In fact, please shut them off, unless you are concerned about an emergency and then leave them on vibrate or mute.
The McLeod study/tutorial room has computers for student use, or you may access the computer lab when classes are not scheduled there. At Transcona, you will have opportunity to use the computer lab or additional computers at the back of the large classroom.
Please ask your teachers if you need to photocopy materials for classes.
Use of USB drives
Many students now store information on USB drives and it is important that great care is taken to remove such storage devices at the end of each class. Last year unfortunately several students lost their USB drives and therefore most of their coursework and some personal data. We hope that this does not happen again and so we ask everyone to be extra careful with their USB drives. If you find a USB drive that does not appear to belong to anyone in your classroom, please bring it to the office immediately—a reward will be provided!
Where textbooks are used in class, a refundable deposit will be required. Printed manuals and readings are supplied for students and the cost is covered through registration fees.
McLeod’s Student Advisory Committee is an important part of our operation and offers the opportunity to make a difference in the way things run. Previous Student Advisory Committees have worked with us to develop the various guidelines, and generally assisted us to identify and address any matters of concern to students. We hope you will be able to volunteer for this year’s committee; but if not, please find out who is on the committee and direct any concerns you may have to them.
Your mature student diploma learning plan
At your registration interview, you and the advisor filled in a form that illustrated how you will proceed towards your Mature Student Diploma. The form shows which credits you have already achieved and which you plan to take to meet your goal of getting your diploma and preparing for future career plans. As you receive your marks in the courses you take, we fill them in to the copy of your plan, and we monitor your progress toward graduation. Please let us know if your goal changes in case you may need different courses in your program. For example, if you decide to enter a different post secondary program – something that often happens as students discover their latent talents – you may need specific pre-requisites that can be substituted for the ones you selected initially.
You may find your teachers at McLeod and Transcona to be somewhat different than the teachers you remember from school days. A lot of the reason for this is that you are different because you are now an adult. Our teachers are adult educators, and therefore see their role as teachers differently than that of teachers of children. Our teachers recognize that our students are their peers, with lots of life experience and similar family and societal responsibilities as they have. They will expect you to address them by their first name, as they will address you by your first name. They see themselves as boosters of your success, and want to help in any way they can. The path won’t necessarily be easy – you need and ultimately want to develop real skills, but you will get help for the hurdles from your teachers.
You will find your teachers to be approachable and friendly. They are doing this job because they love teaching and helping others learn. You will get your chance to evaluate their performance – each semester we circulate a confidential evaluation form for each class, and your comments go directly to the Director, who follows up on any concerns with the teacher involved. It is because of all the feedback that we receive from students, that we can say with confidence what we did above about our teachers. According to our students, the number one asset of our Adult Learning Centres is the teachers.
Counselling and referrals
Please feel free to contact the Director about any issue that affects your learning. We can arrange for a tutor for you, or help you resolve a problem, or if needed, assist you to contact an appropriate outside agency.
McLeod study room
Beside the main office is a room that is designed for students to study independently, in small groups and/or or to work on a computer. If the Study Room is locked, please ask at the main office for it to be opened for you.