Swan River Adult Education Inc. is funded by the Province of Manitoba and is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
We are a community-based program with individualized instruction for adults 19 years of age and older.
At Swan River Adult Education, our learners study in a relaxed, informal adult-friendly environment.
Swan River Adult Education operates out of two sites within the Town of Swan River- the main downtown location (Site 1) and a second site (Site 2) located within the Swan River Friendship Centre.


By Mail:
Box 1330
Swan River MB R0L 1Z0
By Phone: (204) 734-9391 (Site 1)
(204) 734-9301 (Site 2)
By Fax: (204) 734-4965
Drop In:
Site 1- 128-5th Ave. N (beside Madoco’s)
Site 2- 1413 Main Street (S.R. Friendship Centre)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Course Snapshot

Morning!  Today's post is to introduce Start Your Own Business and Retailing;  2 business courses offered at Swan River Adult Education.
Start Your Own Business is a half credit Grade 10 course that includes the following topics;

1. Introduction to Business- all about business, skills needed, law of demand and supply

2. Forms of Business Ownership- partnership, corporation, sole proprietorship

3. The Marketing Environment- target markets, competition, profit

4. Develop the Product or Service- name, logo design, business locations, production

5. Financial Planning and Analysis- financial statements, budgeting, break-even points, assets, types of credit

6. Managing and Protecting Your Business- effective communication, human resources,  contracts, insurance
 Retailing is a full credit Grade 10 course that includes the following topics;

1. Intro to Retailing

2. Store Policies- handling money, customer service

3. Analyzing Target Markets- know you customer, product knowledge

4. The Buying Process- the buying cycle

5. Inventory- receiving and storing inventory

6. Pricing- pricing strategies and procedures

7. Store Image, Layout and Design- store location, store image, displays

8. The Selling Process

Meet Mae Quinlan

 Mae is currently a learner at Swan River Adult.  She completed Grade 10 Start Your Own Business and Grade 11 Retailing in the 2012-2013 school year and is currently working on her Grade 10 Essentials Math.  Mae's future plans are to also take Grade 11 Promotions in the current school year.

 Mae has just launched her own business called Jacklegger's Wear which is an online clothing company geared towards the mining industry.  Jacklegger's Wear offers hoodies, sweatpants and t-shirts in a variety of designs.  The start of the business coincided with her enrollment at the Adult Education Centre.  "The Start Your Own Business course provided me with essential information about income, expenses, balancing debits and credits and most importantly with creating a business plan.  The Retailing course provided me with insight in managing my inventory and how to target specific markets."

Mae has plans to continue to expand her business by adding more product and appealing to more than the mining market.  She is very anxious to begin Grade 11 Promotions to assist her with this business expansion.

Mae's product line can be viewed at:


If you have any questions about any of the business courses offered at Swan River Adult Education, please stop in or call.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone!  Another school year has started and Swan River Adult Education is eager and excited about meeting new learners and together finding new success.  We are a continual intake program so we welcome new learners anytime during the year.

Message from the Director:

As summer draws to a close, children all over the Valley are busy making back to school preparations, filled with the excitement of reuniting with old friends and making new acquaintances, as well as the anticipation of new challenges and experiences.

The exhilaration of starting a new school year, however, need not be limited to the young. Parents, grandparents, and other adults living in Swan Valley have a variety of educational opportunities available right in their own community. One example of an excellent educational opportunity for learners, 19 years and older, is Swan River Adult Education – possibly one of the Valley’s best kept secrets.

Swan River Adult Education (SRAE) is a non-profit, registered adult learning centre and literacy program which is funded through provincial grants and administered by a local volunteer board of directors. The centre operates out of two locations – 128 Fifth Avenue North and the Elbert Chartrand Friendship Centre.

Several factors make SRAE a unique, attainable, and enjoyable educational experience. All courses are completely tuition-free, with a nominal $25 annual registration fee, and all textbooks and resources are supplied at no cost to the learner.

SRAE operates on a continual-enrollment basis which means that, while the centre follows the same calendar as the public school system, an adult learner is able to register and begin a course at any time throughout the school year.

This concept of continual enrollment addresses the need for flexibility that most adults, who attempt to balance school with busy home-lives, child-care and employment, face. Each SRAE learner works independently and at their own pace so there is no standard daily attendance requirement. As long as the learner maintains their educational plan and demonstrates sufficient continuous progress, SRAE instructors will adapt to meet the learner’s needs and time constraints.

Individualized, custom-made educational plans provide SRAE learners a wide variety of program opportunities. The following scenarios highlight just a few examples of the many options available:

• Many adult learners enroll at SRAE with the goal of attaining a high school diploma. SRAE is a registered Manitoba Adult Learning Centre which offers the Mature Student High School Diploma.

The eight credit Mature Student High School Diploma is equivalent to a regular 30 credit high school diploma. All of SRAE instructors are Manitoba-certified teachers, and all credit courses comply with Manitoba’s Department of Education curricula.

SRAE celebrates its learners’ achievements with an annual graduation ceremony.

• In order to meet specific college or university entrance requirements, a graduate with a previously earned Grade 12 diploma from a regular high school or adult learning centre may enroll at SRAE for additional credits.

For example, a high school graduate planning to enroll in one of the post-secondary courses offered locally through University College of the North or Assiniboine Community College may wish to first complete a Grade 12 English Language Arts, Mathematics, Biology, or Physics course at SRAE.

Any learner who has previously achieved a high school diploma may attain, at no cost, up to four additional high school credits at Swan River Adult Education.

• An adult with a specific goal of employment may opt to enroll at SRAE to take a Grade 9-12 career development course.

Besides gaining high school credits, with these types of courses, adult learners will be introduced to today’s world of work and will enhance specific skills such as resume writing and job seeking.

• A parent, with or without a high school diploma, may choose to take a Grade 9-12 credit course such as Mathematics or English Language Arts at SRAE in order to gain more confidence in helping with their child’s homework.

Most adult learners relay that they feel a boost of self confidence and a greater sense of self-esteem when they become educational role models for their school aged children.

• A learner may enroll at SRAE to upgrade basic skills in math, reading, or writing in order to boost their self-esteem and self -confidence in everyday life.

As well as being registered to provide high school credit courses, SRAE operates as a certified adult literacy program, offering non-credit pre-Grade 9 upgrading in many areas.

Any adult with the motivation and willingness to learn may register for upgrading courses. Many learners move into the high school credit program upon successful completion of upgrading.

Regardless of their initial reason for enrolling, most learners who attend SRAE come away with a great deal more than improved basic skills, course credits, or a high school diploma.

What is gained is a renewed understanding of self, much greater self-confidence and self-worth, a sense of belonging and purpose, and motivation to continue learning throughout life.

Perhaps most importantly, SRAE learners gain many new acquaintances and life-long friends with whom they share ambitions and dreams of a brighter future. What better motivation could there be for adults to enroll in adult education classes than a chance to share with their children the feelings of exhilaration and anticipation prompted by the start of a brand-new school year.

Hope to see you at school!