May 06, 2013


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Learners to get a leg-up with Bow Valley College dual-credits

Today the Government of Alberta announced $11 million toward the expansion of a pilot program offering dual-credits to high school students looking at finding better career pathways and opportunities upon graduation.

"We whole-heartily welcome the expansion of the dual-credit program" said Sharon Carry, President and CEO, Bow Valley College. "The dual-credit program is very much aligned with the Bow Valley College's Vision 2020 goals of any time, any place, any path, any pace learning, and we look forward to working with the government, local school boards, and the community to provide students with opportunities to reach their goals faster."

Dual-credit programs provide high school students with an opportunity to bridge to post-secondary education. By allowing high school students to take post-secondary courses while still in high school students will be able to earn both high school and post-secondary credits for the same course.

BVC is currently working with local school boards to offer dual-credit programs in the coming year, and some existing pilot projects are already helping some students obtain dual-credits.

In January, 2013 the Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning at Bow Valley College became a partner in the "All In" For Youth - Detour Project, initiated by The United Way of Calgary. Other organizations supporting the project include, The Calgary Catholic School District, Burns Memorial Fund, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Calgary and area.

The Detour Project addresses the needs of students who have returned to St. Anne Academic Centre to complete high school, but have significant gaps in their education history.

"The students are thrilled to have this opportunity and appreciate the support and attention they receive in a post-secondary environment," said Dr. Keith Seel, Dean, Centre for Excellence in Foundational Learning at Bow Valley College.  "They have different career goals in apprenticeship, nursing, and business and feel incredibly motivated by staff and other classmates to be persistent in their efforts to successfully complete their studies at Bow Valley College."


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