The Hinton Adult Learning Society (HALS) is a not-for-profit agency administered by a volunteer board. HALS is committed to identifying, promoting and supporting meaningful, non-credit, lifelong learning opportunities to the adult community of Hinton and surrounding area.
We are one of 122 Community Adult Learning organizations in Alberta. With funding from the Government of Alberta, Advanced Education Ministry, Indigenous and Community Connections Branch, we have been able to provide lifelong learning opportunities since 1984. Our areas of programming include: Adult Literacy, Numeracy, Community Capacity Building, English Language Learning, Basic Computer Skills, Foundational Life Skills, and Family Literacy.
The original name of Hinton Further Education opened its doors in 1984.
Between 1987-2006, Hinton Further Education and the Hinton Adult Literacy Centre were housed in the Dr. Duncan Murray Recreation Centre, École Mountain View School, and the Yellowhead Region Educational Consortium (YREC). In 1994, the name of Hinton Further Education was changed to the Hinton Community Adult Learning Council (HCALC).
In 2006, through the grandeur efforts of the Board and a collaborative fundraising effort with the Town of Hinton, a permanent home adjacent to the Hinton Municipal Library was finally established.
In 2009, the Hinton Community Adult Learning Council formed the Hinton Adult Learning Society (HALS) under the Alberta Societies Act. The Hinton Adult Learning Society is a stand-alone organization but does continue to receive support in various forms from the Municipality.
In 2012, Hinton Adult Learning Society became a registered charity. This allowed us access to different grants we could not previously apply for.
In 2015, Hinton Adult Learning Society received the contract from Alberta Human Services to provide Employment and Training Services for Hinton and area. We moved to our new location in November, and now have seven team members employed.