Jan 27, 2011
Shannon van Leenen
Media Relations Officer
University of Lethbridge, Bow Valley College join forces in downtown Calgary
CALGARY – More than 700 students at the University of Lethbridge (U of L) Calgary Campus have started their January term in Bow Valley College's (BVC) newly renovated downtown North Campus. The two institutions commemorated this new partnership today with a ceremony in room N231 at North Campus that brought together members of government and faculty, staff, and students from both institutions.
"We're delighted to welcome the University of Lethbridge into our newly refurbished campus," says Sharon Carry, President and CEO, Bow Valley College.
"This partnership is a significant step in the creation of Campus Alberta South – a set of principles developed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology to provide a seamless and unified system of lifelong learning for Albertans."
This move builds on the efforts of both institutions to collaborate and provide better access to post-secondary education in Calgary.
An existing articulation agreement between the two institutions means BVC Business Administration Diploma graduates wanting to attain a degree will receive credit for the first two years of the U of L's Bachelor of Management program.
"By increasing access to quality education in downtown Calgary, the U of L and BVC are working together to meet the needs of Calgarians," says U of L President Mike Mahon.
"By providing options for individuals interested in pursuing post-secondary education, our two institutions help ensure that more students will have the knowledge and skills to be successful."
Program growth, both at the U of L's previous location at SAIT, and at the U of L, spurred the move to larger facilities at BVC.
"To best serve our growing number of students - from BVC, SAIT and elsewhere in Calgary - the U of L decided that moving was a viable option," says Lorne Williams, director of the U of L's Calgary campus.
"In turn, this allows SAIT to expand its on-campus space to serve its students. We've had an excellent relationship over the past 15 years, and it will continue, but in a different location. We already feel very much a part of the BVC family, and look forward to growing our new partnership."