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Volkshochschule- Stadtbibliothek Linz – Lernzentrum im Wissensturm

The Volkshochschule Linz was founded as an adult centre in 1947, it offers more than 2000 courses that are attended by 24 500 perticipants each year. There are about 50 employees and 300 course instructors who work at the Volkshochschule. In 2006, the Volkshochschule and public library Linz were merged organizationally to a facility. The centers were housed in a common building the Wissensturm. Since this time both institutions are working very closely together. They are recognized internationally and play a leading role for other learning centres. The learning centre in the Wissensturm is a central area and combines Volkshochschule and public library. It is open to everyone. It is a place that makes it possible for learner to learn independently. They have here the opportunity to gain experience of new media and information technologies. Here everyone can learn, deepen the knowledge and obtain information on different subjects such as languages, employment, continuing education and personal development. In addition to a good infrastructure (rooms, computers, Internet, work stations, media) staff support learners. Therefore staff have been trained to be learning coaches.

Volkshochschule-Stadtbibliothek Linz is an institution experienced in developing and implementing training sessions and developing public adult education programmes. The institute not only offers education programmes for adults, but also offers more and more programmes for young adults and children (Junger Wissensturm). The staff of the Learning centre in the Wissensturm have been trained to be learning coaches. Counselling, assisting and helping people has become a very important duty. The Volkshochschule has good experiences with projects for the prevention of unemployed, offers counselling to vocational education and training, offers counselling for job application and works together with other institutions (Berufsföderungsinstitut, Wirtschaftskammer, Arbeiterkammer). One focus of the Learning centre is to support lifelong learning, to help people in the learning process. Different learning programmes, counselling and workshops were therefore developed.