At EHCLA, we believe in a strong and connected community through education and transportation.

With a hands-on learning approach, we offer a range of educational services to the residents of East Hants. Understanding the educational needs of our community enables us to develop programming and offer opportunities for you to gain a GED, upgrade essential skills and get creative with learning. EHCLA we support and encourage individual growth, helping families reach their learning potential.

Workplace Education

We offer programs to support you at work, such as first-aid training or mental health training! Often this is specifically selected for workplaces, so if you're interested please connect with us!

Educational Programs

We offer a range of programs to improve literacy skills, prepare for the GED, upgrade skills and more! Tuition and books are FREE in our classes, and we have continuous intake so you can start anytime!

Community Programming

We provide a wide range of fun, interactive, community-based programs to engage the amazing people of East Hants! Stay tuned on our blog and social media channels to find out what's next.

Our History
The East Hants Community Learning Association (EHCLA) has been delivering the Adult Learning Program (ALP), a curriculum developed by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, since 2004. EHCLA is one of 31 provincial learning networks recognized by the Provincial Department of Labour and Advanced Education and we delivers basic upgrading classes under the guidelines of the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning (NSSAL).  NSSAL’s main focus is on addressing adult basic literacy and training needs, and to encourage cooperation among stakeholders in the community. EHCLA is a member of the Association of Nova Scotia Community Learning Organisations (ANSCLO).
Adult Learning Program

Our Adult Learning Program (ALP) is free for adults who did not get their high school diploma. We have one full-time and three part-time instructors on staff delivering daytime and evening ALP classes. These classes have so many advantages, such as:

  • Classes are FREE to all adults who have not completed their high school diploma, are over 19 years old, and have been out of school for one year
  • We have continuous intake, you can join anytime.
  • Small classes with qualified teachers and volunteer tutors.
  • Input in decisions made regarding goals, programs, schedules, and progress.
  • Classes run Mondays through Thursdays, both daytime and evening, September through May.


Family Literacy Programs

Our Family Literacy Programs are offered in partnership with the East Hants Family Resource Centre! 

  • Alphabet Soup in Motion
  • Mommy 2B
  • Family Literacy Day events held at various locations in the community
Skills to Work Program

This program is a learning program targeting individuals who have long-term or significant challenges when finding or holding on to employment. This program is a combination of classroom learning, workshops, training programs and volunteer work experience. The goal of the program is employment or meaningful volunteer work for all participants. Contact us for more information about the Skills to Work Program and information on start dates.

Additional Programs
  • The Community Garden
  • Soup Making Class
  • Learn Basic Computer Skills
  • Senior’s Literacy program: “Connecting Senior’s to Safety”
  • Mental Health First Aid

In the past, we've offered art classes, knitting, rug hooking, card making and jewelry designing classes. If there is something you'd love to see, email us and let us know!



How to Register!


Step 1: Call us at 902-883-1608! (Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.)
Step 2: Arrange your intake assessment and let's pick your classes

P.S. We can also arrange reduced cost transportation to help you get to the intake assessment and class - just let us know what you need when you call!

Free Upgrading Class

Gaining the education skills we need to be successful is important, but it is sometimes hard to find the time, money, and support. The great news is the EHCLA is here to help you meet your goals!

  • Do you need help preparing for entrance tests for employment?
  • Do you need help preparing for GED exams?
  • Do you want to start on the path to college?
  • Do you want to improve your writing and math skills?
  • Do you want access to FREE educational tools?
  • Do you live and/or work in the community of East Hants?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then call us today and let’s get started!

Our Board of Directors

The East Hants Community Learning Association (EHCLA) Board of Directors believe in a stronger, connected community and through individualized programming we are opening the doors to education and transportation, helping create a more prosperous, and proud community.

Our Corporate Members