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Bow Valley College

As Alberta’s largest community college and a proud partner in Campus Alberta, Bow Valley College serves 15,000 learners each year in Calgary and throughout southern Alberta. We offer year-round career certificate and diploma programs, as well as High School Upgrading and English Language Learning. We also offer a range of career services, and specialized services to support newcomers to Canada with securing viable careers and professional accreditation. Bow Valley College delivers programs and skills that make you think in new and creative ways, removing barriers to fulfilling and lasting employment. In fact, 93 per cent of our graduates find jobs in their chosen career within six months of graduation. Fast, focused, and flexible – that’s the reality of a Bow Valley College education. Learn more.

Fast Facts

  • Any time, any place, any path, any pace — Bow Valley College offers courses and programs that fit your busy schedule.
  • Our learners come from 115 countries and speak 98 different languages.
  • 93% of BVC career-program graduates gain employment in their field of study within six months of graduation.
  • A BVC education is a good investment: for every $1.00 learners invest in BVC, they receive a cumulative value of $4.60 in higher future wages.
  • Our main campus is located in Calgary’s exciting downtown core, beside the City Hall CTrain station. The campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, the Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre, roof-top gardens, and student services.

Our research specialization:

  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • English Language Learning
  • Research with Immigrants
  • Essential Skills
  • Foundational Learning




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Contribute to our Community

Community is not just part of our College name, it is part of our DNA. We align our activities around service to our community. For graduates this means an easier transition into the workplace; for employers this creates staff who are engaged in the community; for government this means our efforts have a social multiplier that spills beyond our campus walls; for communities this means we can help support their initiatives; and for other post-secondaries this means we can mobilize our community on joint projects. Here are some of our achievements in 2014–2015:

  • 1,000 Women Rising Campaign launch: 1,000 women rising up to raise $1 million and assist female learners to overcome barriers to education.
  • TEDx Bow Valley College: Held our first TedX series, featuring talks on adversity; humorous immigrant experiences in Canada; and innovative ideas on creating campus connections.
  • Mental Health First Aid Program: Trained 297 participants in Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.
  • Joint Research Project: Partnered with four regional partners and Mount Royal University to participate in a federal research project on the effects and implications the 2013 Alberta Floods had on Alberta families. Learn more.

Foster Student Success

Sharlene Standing

Sharlene Standing enrolled in Bow Valley College’s Practical Nurse program in 1997. Shortly after graduation, she was the recipient of a Student Excellence award granted by the CLPNA. In transition to the workplace, she worked in acute care and at a primary care clinic Sharlene then joined the CLPNA as a nurse administrator. In her current role as Director of Regulatory Services, she has increased her education, responsibilities, and leadership capabilities. She also participates at national and provincial level committees, and has become an expert in licensed practical nursing regulation. Sharlene hopes she can be an example to others by conveying the importance of finding ways to take hold of the future by unleashing potential, uncovering new possibilities, creating personal vision, and developing relationships. Learn more.

Alykhan Velji

What would you call someone who, at the age of 30, was already a successful lifestyle entrepreneur, design guru, television personality, magazine columnist, and public speaker? How about a Bow Valley College business graduate. Alykhan Velji graduated in 2003 from Bow Valley College’s Interior Decorating. Two years after graduation he entered the third annual Home and Garden Television Designer Superstar Challenge. The national exposure gave a big boost to his design business and eventually landed him a gig on an HGTV show, and appearances on CityTV and the Marilyn Dennis show. Aly owns his own successful design firm in Calgary, and launched a furniture line with Reclaimed Trading Co. He also speaks at HGTV Home and Garden shows, and is regularly featured in national media. Learn more.

Sarah Brown

The journey to academic success is not always easy or direct for many students, especially for those who do not obtain their high school diplomas. But with a little bit of direction and support, and a whole lot of determination, those same students can achieve their academic ambitions and go on to a bright future. Sarah Brown is one such student. Despite dropping out of high school in grade 10, Sarah returned to school and applied herself to her studies. She is now a proud Bow Valley College alumna, who graduated with a Business Diploma, and went on to study for her Bachelor of Management at the University of Lethbridge. She is a shining example of all that a student can achieve, no matter how challenging their academic background. Learn more.

Partner with Business and Community


The Alberta Aboriginal Construction Career Centres help Aboriginal workers gain skills and employment in construction, while at the same time helping Alberta business gain skilled employees who can help them grow. The Centre is a partnership between First nation and Metis Communities, Bow Valley College, Norquest College, the Government of Alberta and employers in the private sector. The Centres receive job opportunities from businesses, then works to connect registered Aboriginal workers with those opportunities. We provide clients with the necessary skills they need to succeed; skills training, career counseling and job coaching. We connect clients with opportunities that match their goals, then provide ongoing support as required. Our goal is to get people started on a career in construction, and then ensure their career flourishes. Learn more.


The Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre at Bow Valley College and the City of Calgary have partnered together twice now to deliver a traditional Pow Wow at Prince’s Island Park on Canada Day. Over 190 dancers participated in the celebrations, accompanied by the talented drummers on stage. The crowd gathered to watch the dancer’s performances, and enjoyed experiencing a proud part of our Canadian heritage. Around Prince’s Island several activities took place to showcase Aboriginal culture through storytelling, music, art, song, and dance, including: Siksika Traditional Games, Elders in the Aboriginal Ways of Knowing tipi, Aboriginal language lessons, Aboriginal dance lessons, and an Artisan’s market featuring traditional and contemporary art. The Canada Day Pow Wow drew thousands of people towards a better understanding of Aboriginal culture, and the services available to the College’s Aboriginal learners at the Iniikokaan Aboriginal Centre. Learn more.

Support Indigenous Students

The Iniikokaan (Buffalo Lodge) Aboriginal Centre is a dedicated space for Aboriginal learners to access cultural resources, reconnect with traditional teachings, and gather and celebrate with the broader community. The Centre speaks to the College’s purpose to engage diverse communities in lifelong learning to build better lives. Aboriginal learners at the College can meet with Aboriginal elders for counseling, enjoy study space, and daily smudge ceremonies, an essential part of the Blackfoot way of life. For Bow Valley College First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, this Centre is a place to find serenity and is their home away from home. The College also offers programs with traditional teachings, including: Aboriginal Practical Nurse Diploma; Aboriginal Addictions Services Counseling Certificate; and Justice Studies Diploma, Aboriginal Focus.

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Date modified: 2021-08-17