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Metro Continuing Education moves to Avonmore School

Wed, 4 Nov, 2015

News: Metro Continuing Education moves to Avonmore School

Look who is packing up and heading out! Metro Continuing Education, one of the oldest divisions of Edmonton Public Schools, is relocating to a newly renovated space at Avonmore School. The staff and administrative offices will be officially operating out of the new location as of November 9. The move involves more than 1,000 boxes and relocating about 50 staff. Metro Continuing Education originally opened back in 1890 as Night School.

All of Metro Continuing Education’s core operations – Adult Continuing Education, Academic Success and the English Language Institute – will move their headquarters and operations to a new space within Avonmore School. Similar to the current location at Vimy Ridge Academy, Metro Continuing Education will operate out of its own wing separate from the existing classrooms. 

“We are very excited about this move,” says Kevin Stevenson, Director at Metro Continuing Education. “One of the greatest advantages to this new space is the ability to provide our adult learners with classrooms tailored to their needs, specifically when it comes to larger desks and work spaces. We have always endeavored to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed, and this space truly allows us to fulfill that goal.”

Since its inception, Metro Continuing Education has gone through many programming and location changes, yet this is the first time that they will not have to share primary classroom space. 

There will be 12 English Language Learning classes and two Continuing Education classes regularly scheduled during the day, with 17-18 high school classes operating at night. Only four classrooms will be borrowed from Avonmore for night offerings. 

As a unique division with three distinct program areas within Edmonton Public Schools, the move is a big undertaking. Over 50 administrative and educational staff members work out of the main Metro Continuing Education offices. These staff will move more than 1,000 boxes of supplies and materials.