Bow Valley College

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Coordinates: 43°00′29.84″N 81°16′18.82″W / 43.0082889°N 81.2718944°W / 43.0082889; -81.2718944

Bow Valley College
Bow Valley College
TypePublic College (Canada)
PresidentMisheck Mwaba[1]
Chair, Board of GovernorsDave Collyer
Administrative staff
345 6th Avenue SE
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AffiliationsACCC, Alberta Association of Colleges & Technical Institutes, CBIE

Bow Valley College is a public, board-governed college operating as a comprehensive community institution[2] under the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta.[3] The branch campuses are: Airdrie, Banff, Canmore, Cochrane, High River, Okoktoks, and Strathmore. Bow Valley College is a member of the Alberta Rural Development Network and Colleges and Institutes Canada.

The college offers year-round career programs that lead to certificates, diplomas, and post-diploma certificates, as well as adult upgrading and English language learning. They also offer career services and specialized services that help newcomers to Canada.


The college offers academic programs in a variety of areas including career training, university transfer courses, adult upgrading, and English language learning. The college is divided into seven specialized schools:

  • The Chiu School of Business offers training in business and health administration.
  • The School of Continuing Learning administers the college's professional development ("continuing education") programming and open studies courses.
  • The School of Community Studies provides programs in social services, education and early learning, justice, and community services.
  • The School of Creative Technologies offers education in information technology and design.
  • The School of Foundational Learning provides adult high school upgrading, basic literacy programs, and workplace training.
  • The School of Global Access is the college's hub for English language learning, services and programs for newcomers to Canada, and inter-cultural learning.
  • The School of Health and Wellness offers studies towards careers as a healthcare aide, nurse, pharmacy technician, and more.


It was founded as the Alberta Vocational Centre in 1965. Since 1972, it has been located on 3rd Street and 6th Avenue Southeast in Calgary and continues to expand its footprint between downtown Calgary and the city's East Village.

In 1998, the college transitioned from a government-administered model to an autonomous, board-governed public college and adopted the name Bow Valley College to reflect the region (the Bow Valley) which the college serves.


In May 2013, the college unveiled its new South Campus building on 6th Avenue Southeast. The South Campus building hosts the Calgary operations of Athabasca University, Olds College Fashion Institute, and the University of Lethbridge.[4]

Beyond downtown Calgary, the college operates smaller campuses in the communities of Airdrie, Banff, Canmore, Cochrane, High River, Okoktoks, and Strathmore, and offers academic and career education on a number of the region's Indigenous nations.


Bow Valley College joined Project Hero, a scholarship program cofounded by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier for the families of fallen Canadian Forces members.[5]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Collyer, Dave. "Bow Valley College's new President and CEO". Bow Valley College. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  2. ^ Government of Alberta. "Types of publicly-funded institutions". Retrieved 28 March 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Post-Secondary Learning Act
  4. ^ "New South Campus Grand Opening". Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ Project Hero Archived January 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Bow Valley College

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