Apr 03, 2014


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Budget 2014 Increases Space for Bow Valley College Learners

CALGARY - The Alberta government's Budget 2014 included an additional $32.5 million to create 2,000 new full-time spaces and encourage collaboration throughout Campus Alberta to support Alberta's growing population. Bow Valley College (BVC) will receive an additional $1.2 million and 100 additional learning spaces this year, with more spaces being added in the coming years.

"We know that post-secondary education plays a vital role in maintaining our prosperity and driving our economy forward," said Premier and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education Dave Hancock. "That's why we want to ensure students can access the learning opportunities they want to be successful and we have enough graduates to meet the demands of our growing economy."

BVC will be using the additional $1.2 million to support enrolment growth in the following programs:

  • Aboriginal Addictions Services Counseling Certificate
  • Early Learning and Child Care Certificate and Diploma expansion
  • Disability and Community Support: online development of diploma to serve Campus Alberta
  • Increase access in health, human services, and business in regional communities

"With the increased funding and additional learning spaces, Bow Valley College will continue to expand access and produce the work-ready graduates our economy needs. This funding will benefit our learners by improving access to career programming in rural communities and by creating new spaces in high-demand career areas," said Sharon Carry, Bow Valley College President and CEO.

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Editor's Note: For more information on Budget 2014 at the Post-Secondary level please go to the Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education's website.

Bow Valley College - Calgary and region's only Comprehensive Community College - with more than 14,000 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. 

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