January 24, 2013
Sharon Carry, President and CEO of Bow Valley College, and His Worship, Emile Blokland, Mayor of High River, today celebrated the grand opening of the Bow Valley College High River Campus, furthering the College's commitment to deliver any time, any place, any path, any pace learning.
"Together with government, a network of partners, and community supports, Bow Valley College is helping to provide more education solutions across southern Alberta," said Sharon Carry, President and CEO, Bow Valley College. "Now learners in High River and surrounding areas have more options for lifelong learning and full participation in Alberta's economy."
The opening of the High River Campus furthers the BVC's Regional Stewardship goals to improve access to post-secondary education, support economic development and jobs in rural Alberta and smaller communities, in addition to achieving better alignment between formal and informal education providers within the post-secondary education system.
"This new campus is an outstanding addition to our town, which has just been recognized as the fourth fastest growing community in Canada" said Mayor Emile Blokland "The Town has been a partner in helping to expand educational opportunities for our residents and council appreciates the multiple benefits this will provide for High River, strengthening our status as a great place to live and work.""
Technology will be a prominent feature of the new BVC High River Campus. These technology solutions will be used to deliver programs and services online, in the classroom, or through video-conferencing to reach people in remote settings or those balancing busy lives. This campus will also allow the College to work more closely with employers in the area and respond to their skills training needs through on-site learning opportunities.
L to R: Nancy Gardner, student, High River Mayor Emile Blokland, and Sharon Carry, President and CEO of BVC, celebrating the Grand Opening of the BVC High River Campus
Bow Valley College - Calgary and region's only Comprehensive Community College - with more than 13,100 full- and part-time students, is a leader in business and health career training, adult upgrading, and English Language Learning. BVC's Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES), workplace training for immigrant professionals, and employment services provide a wide range of services for businesses and professionals. Established in 1965, Bow Valley College will celebrate the official grand opening of its LEED Silver Certified South Campus building in April 2013.