Oct 04, 2012


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Enrolments record smashed at BVC

CALGARY — Just months away from the opening of its new South Campus, Bow Valley College celebrated another milestone by smashing its fall term enrolment record, welcoming over 5,633 new and returning learners, the largest fall term in Bow Valley College’s history.


The fall 2012 enrolment numbers speak to the strong demand for programs across the communities we serve,” said Sharon Carry, Bow Valley College President and CEO. “Employers seek out highly skilled workers, while students are looking for fast, focused, and flexible options to obtain those skills. Our programming successfully addresses the demands of both.”


Fall term applications are up five per cent overall, with career program applications being up nine per cent. Career program enrolments in the School of Business and School of Health, Justice, and Human Services are up by 14 per cent. Enrolments in access programs, including English Language Learning and Foundational Learning remain consistent with previous years.


Increased enrolment is being met with additional student resources at the College with the introduction of the Learning Navigator Program. The program pairs interested learners with a College employee, who assists them with their transition to College and campus life. 


“I’m very excited about the Learning Navigator Program,” added Carry. “It is quickly becoming as meaningful for the staff participating as it is for our students.”


To meet some of the increasing demand, Bow Valley College has opened up additional intakes in its Health Care Aide program in both Calgary and Strathmore. As well, an increasing number of Bow Valley College programs and courses are offered online, as well as via more traditional modes—making learning more accessible to even more Albertans.

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