What We Do
We are the shoulders for all to stand on – the ladder to reaching higher!
Serving Calgary and twenty surrounding communities, Bow Valley College is Alberta’s largest and fastest-growing community college where, in a uniquely nurturing environment, over 15,000 learners per year pursue certificate or diploma programs, upgrading and/or essential skills learning, to Learn a better living and Live a better life.
Our students – like our college – believe in the value of hard work, and are generally accustomed to doing more with less. That’s not a complaint – it’s more like a badge of honour.
BVC has a special focus on offering empowering jobs, and intercultural and soft skills training, for immigrants, Aboriginal peoples, international learners, persons with disabilities, older workers, at-risk youth, and the unemployed and underemployed. We also produce resilient economic citizens; financial literacy is a core learning outcome for all programs.
How BVC Helps Learners Rise
Need: “There has to be a better way for me to take care of myself and my family”
- Solution: BVC focuses on making learners more employable, and ready to contribute on day one.
- Result: Over 93% of BVC graduates secure work in their field of study, usually within six months! In general, graduates of diploma programs earn, on average, $15,900 more per year than learners who have not progressed beyond high school.
Need: “To learn on my own terms, from an institution that cares about me”
- Solution: BVC is focused on the needs of the learner, not the institution. This includes providing flexible, accessible program options and helping learners overcome any type of barrier to their goals.
- Result: BVC ‘s graduation rate is an exceptional 77%, among the highest of North American community colleges!
To learn more about how BVC helps learners rise, please visit:
- BVC’s Facts-at-a-Glance: enrollment figures, student demographics & economic value
- BVC’s Annual Report: Bow Valley College’s most recent Annual Reports
- BVC’s Vision – 2020: Calgarians shape the future of Bow Valley College (May 2011)
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been” – George Eliot
BVC 2014-15 Annual Report – CEO and President Message Highlights:
- engage over 15,000 full- and part-time learners and equip vulnerable Albertans with the requisite skills to build better lives
- developed program curricula to prepare career programs for launch as well as traditional, online, or blended delivery
- completed its flood recovery with the reopening of West Campus; this campus emerged from a natural disaster as a modern and more functional building, providing both immediate and long-term value for the College