The Murphy Centre 

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Prince Philip Drive Location 
All Services 
1 Prince Philip Drive 
St. John’s, NL A1A 5B2 
Tel: (709) 579-6606 
Fax: (709) 579-2655 
For Academic Information: 
Torbay Road Location 
Career Services 
Fall River Plaza 320 Torbay Road, 
Suite 201 St. John’s NL A1A 0L3 
Tel: (709) 753-2830 
Fax: (709) 579-8022 
For Career Information: 
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Within a challenging and respectful environment, the Murphy Centre provides individuals with opportunities for growth through the integration of creative learning experiences designed to achieve academic, career and life goals.

Target Population:

The Murphy Centre helps: 

  • youth and adult learners who want to complete or upgrade in the High School Credit (HSC), Adult Basic Education (ABE) or General Educational Development (GED) programs; 
  • youth and older workers find employment wherever they are in their career: entry-level work or professionally trained positions; 
  • people explore, start, or change careers. 

Highlights of Programs/Services Offered:

Academic Services: 

The Murphy Centre offers adults (18+) three options to complete a high school equivalency or diploma: 

Adult Basic Education (ABE):

ABE is a Newfoundland and Labrador provincial program for adults to achieve a high school equivalency diploma, or to upgrade specific subject areas to meet entrance requirements to post-secondary programs. 

  • The Murphy Centre offers Level II: Equivalent to (grades 7-9), and Level III: corresponds to (grades 10-12) ABE at our Prince Philip Drive location.  However, if it is determined that an applicant needs to complete Level I: basic literacy (K-6), the Murphy Centre will refer to an organization who offers it. 
  • There are three categories offered in Level III ABE, depending on individuals post secondary goals:
    • Degree & Technical: corresponds to the academic high school credit program. Intended for individuals planning to attend University or other post secondary programs which require an academic graduation
    • Business Related: participants who plan to attend a business related college program. With the exception of science all courses completed are academic
    • General College: corresponds to the general high school credit program and intended for individuals who plan to enter programs which require this profile.
  • Applicants for the ABE program must be 19 years old and residents of Canada. (This includes permanent residents, landed immigrants or persons with refugee status.) 
  • ABE is a funded program. To check if you are eligible for funding, or if you have further questions about ABE, please contact our academic outreach coordinator (Sondria) at 709-753-2830 or by email: or call our intake coordinator (Trudy) at 709-576-6606 or email 
  • To apply, click here

General Educational Development (GED):  

  • The General Educational Development (GED) is an international high school equivalency testing program for adults. It consists of a series of five tests in the following areas:
    • Language Arts Reading, Language Arts Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science 
  • The Murphy Centre runs a GED preparation program for adults (30+) at our Torbay Road location. We offer a flexible class schedule and time commitment that is designed to work around you. 
  • In addition to the in-class preparation services we offer, the Murphy Centre is now able to offer a virtual preparation program to people wishing to complete their GED. GED Academy™ is an online, mobile-friendly prep program 
  • There is no cost to participate in the GED program. 
  • If you have questions about the GED program, please contact Corey at 709-753-2830 or email 
  • To apply,click here

High School Credit (HSC): 

  • The Murphy Centre, at our Prince Philip Drive location, offers the high school credit program as per the requirements of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in Newfoundland and Labrador.   
  • There are two levels of programing offered at The Murphy Centre:
    • Academic Diploma:  The academic program is intended for participants planning to pursue a post-secondary education at the university and college level. 
    • General Diploma:  The general program is intended for participants interested in the majority of trades or for direct entry into the workforce.    
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age and out of school for 6 months (unless a direct referral from District School). 
  • There is a $20 fee per semester. 
  • If you have questions about the HSC program, please contact Kim at 709-579-6606 or email 
  • To apply, click here

Literacy Program: 

  • The Murphy Centre offers foundational literacy programming for adults in St. John’s, Gander, and Corner Brook and there are plans underway for a site in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
  • There are integrated partnerships with The Gathering Place (St.John’s), the Salvation Army (Gander), the Vine Place Community Centre (Corner Brook) and the Labrador Friendship Centre (Happy Valley-Goose Bay) support the Literacy Program through the provision of space and/or promotion and recruitment efforts.
  • The Literacy program offers individual and or group instruction in: 
    • Foundational literacy and numeracy
    • Digital literacy  
    • GED preparation
    • Life Skills

Please note: In St. John’s, the Literacy Program is onsite at The Gathering Place (TGP) and is intended for Guests of The Gathering Place. In Gander and Corner Brook, the Literacy Program is open to any adult over the age of 19.

There is no cost to participate in the Literacy Program and in-take is continuous.

Career Services

Located at 320 Torbay Road, offers a holistic approach to career development and employment supports, which includes group-based programming and one on one meetings.  


  • is a 10-week one-week in person, nine-week self-paced virtual) Technology Career Program which promotes the exciting local Technology Sector as a career choice to participants who otherwise may never have considered a career in Tech. Participants must be:
    • Unemployed or Underemployed
    • Be resident of Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Be interested in exploring a career in the Technology Sector
    • Be available to complete the 10-week training program
    • Currently not be enrolled in a post-secondary program
  • If you would like more information about TechPrep please contact Jeff Hillyard at (709) 753- 2830 or email at

Two Roads

  • is a career development service for people who are 16 years of age and older who are seeking support in pursuing career and/or academic goals.
    • Two Roads regularly offers a variety of workshops intended to support individuals in attaining their career and employment goals. 
    • To become a participant or for more information on Two Roads, please contact one of our Outreach Coordinators (Deanne or Sondria) email or or call (709) 753-2830 
    • To apply, click here

The Youth Works Well Navigator Program (YWWNP):

  • is the Murphy Centre’s new Federal Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program. The goal of YWWNP is to assist youth in making a successful transition into the labour force.
    • Youth between the ages of 18 and 30, who are not in employment, education or training, are eligible to apply. 
    • If you would like more information on YWWNP please contact Stephanie at (709) 753-2830 or email  
    • To apply, click here


  • is designed to support the academic and employment goals of those training for the skilled trades, as well as employees currently working in the skilled trades.  
  • SOAR provides tutoring to students in training, career consultation, and counselling to anyone in the skilled trades who would like to talk about their issues at work or home. 
  • To access tutoring services please contact: 
    • Courtney Clarke, Project Coordinator, at (709) 693-2050 
  • To access counselling or career consultation services contact:
    • Raven Waren, Counsellor (CCC), at (709) 727-4050 

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