The Kärntner Volkshochschulen (Adult Education Centers Carinthia) is a non-profit association and work in the field of adult education. It is a “LQW”-certified (learner oriented quality in further education).
The Kärntner Volkshochschulen organizes courses, lectures, seminars and workshops in many different specialist areas like culture and society, economy and administration, IT, languages, creativity and fine food, health, beauty and fitness, nature and environment. Furthermore, it organizes training courses, excursions, study trips as well as training courses for staff and trainers. Through its networks Kärntner Volkshochschulen has numerous co-operations with public institutions (state, town, schools), organisations and social clubs. On a national level, it is a member of the Association of Austrian Adult Education Centres (VÖV) together with associations from nine other states. To date Kärntner Volkshochschulen has worked on numerous ESF-projects like “JUMP – Jugendliche mit Perspektiven” (youths with perspectives) for apprentices or “BILL – Bildung und lebenslanges Lernen” (education and life-long learning) with the main focus on basic education/ alphabetization. Within the frame of these projects it offers various courses, like reading, writing, arithmetic, IT for adults, as well as the “Hauptschulabschluss” (school leaving certificate - a formal final exam in secondary modern schools in Austria) and the “Berufsreifeprüfung”. In another ESF-project, “MoWiJob – Modularer Wiedereinstieg in den Job” (modular job re-entry) Kärntner Volkshochschulen works with immigrants and long-term unemployed. In addition it offers a mobile ICT-workshop for women in rural areas in a LEADER-project called “Mobile IKT-Lernwerkstatt – Neue Lehr- und Lernformen für den ländlichen Raum” (mobile ITC workshop – new teaching and learning forms for rural areas).In addition, Kärntner Volkshochschulen has also been commissioned with the LEADER-project “Lernende Region Hermagor” (learning region Hermagor), which offers courses for senior citizens.
Kärntner Volkshochschulen is a team of 32 regular staff members and has approximately 800 active course trainers working per semester. 20 voluntary branch office managers are also part of this team.
In relation to this project, the Kärntner Volkshochschulen is committed to the communicating of IT-skills and offers madeto-measure courses for the various target groups (senior citizens, women etc.).