Detour Project – School of Foundational Learning

This is funded through the United Way and the All in for Youth Program. Detour is a program that expands educational access for vulnerable and at-risk youth in Calgary who have returned to complete high school, but need considerable support in their learning journey. Students in the Detour program have barriers to education including poverty, lack of support, learning disabilities, mental health issues, and low English Language Learning Skills. Detour students have aged-out of publicly funded high school, but are able to attend Bow Valley College to complete their high school diploma. This program equips youth with the skills and support they need to complete their high school diploma, prepare for the workforce, and transition into adulthood.

Bridge Program – School of Global Access 

The Bridge Program is funded by the Government of Alberta, Government of Canada, and Bow Valley College. The program is designed for at-risk immigrant and refugee youth who do not have a high school diploma. Learners in the program develop skills in reading, writing, numeracy, learning strategies, non-cognitive skills, and goal setting. Learners in the program learn to identify and navigate career choices and pathways, develop communication and presentation skills, develop an understanding of financial literacy and numeracy, participate in project-based learning, and increase their digital literacy skills. Placement in the program is based on an entrance assessment. Learners in the program are 18-24 years old and have interrupted formal education.

Youth in Transition – School of Global Access 

This full-time English Language Learning Program is funded through the Government of Canada - Language Instruction for Newcomers. Youth in Transition (YiT) is designed for immigrant youth between the ages of 18 and 24 who require development in their English language skills, particularly reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It provides instruction in language and academic skills as well as preparation for further post-secondary education in Canada. Students in YiT identify and navigate education and career pathways in Canada, develop communication and presentation skills, gain an understanding of Canadian culture and living in Canada. Students who complete the highest level of the program will have developed the language and academic skills required to support transition into higher education or to career programs.

Sewing and Upholstery – School of Global Access

This social enterprise program is delivered at the Calgary Correctional Centre to incarcerated male youth and men. The program provides students in protective custody the opportunity to learn the skill of sewing and upholstery while at the same time improving key Essential Skills including numeracy, document use, continuous learning, thinking, and working with others. The completion rate for the program is 83% and students are able to find work in the field once they are released from custody. As studies have shown, there is a direct positive correlation between education/skills development and recidivism. Students who are educated while incarcerated are far less likely to re-offend.

Dual Credit Program

The Dual Credit Program is a partnership between Bow Valley College and Alberta high schools. This program supports high school students to take college-level courses while completing their high school diploma. The program can help ease the transition from high school to post-secondary. Graduates may be able to enter the workforce earlier. Students in the Dual Credit Program can take courses from the Chiu School of Business. Possible courses include Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Business Management, and Business Marketing. The Health Care Aide certificate from the School of Health and Wellness is another option.

Workplace Essential Skills at Bow Valley College – Academic Innovation and Applied Research

At Bow Valley College, part of our mission is to help learners achieve work readiness by the time they graduate from their program of study. To achieve this objective, learners have the opportunity to acquire specific subject matter knowledge, develop the necessary technical skills for working in the field, and reinforce the literacy and essential skills used to find information for solving complex problems or completing a range of workplace tasks. The Workplace Essential Skills at Bow Valley College (WES at BVC) training program is an opportunity for career program students at Bow Valley College to receive timely feedback on their levels of essential skills as they begin their program of study. If additional skill building or a skills refresher are required, learners can attend training to improve their skills. The WES at BVC training program is a college funded initiative aimed at assisting students in reaching their full potential while studying and learning new skills at Bow Valley College.

School-to-work Transition: Practicum/Internship Placements

At Bow Valley College, students have the opportunity to apply skills learned in the classroom through work placements and practicums in various programs. Workplace practicums provide students with the opportunity to apply new skills in the workplace, receive strong mentorship, gain valuable experience, and enjoy networking opportunities. In the Chiu School of Business, internships are offered as an unpaid, non-credit work placement scheduled at the completion of all required academic courses. Additionally, students may choose a Co-op education program, which combines studies with work-related experience for Business Administration Diploma students in good academic standing. Through an active, competitive job search, co-op students bridge their classroom studies with practical, paid experience in their field of study for an entire semester.

In the School of Health and Wellness, all programs provide students with workplace practicums, where students apply knowledge and skills during in a clinical setting while gaining experience in all aspects of a practitioner’s role.

In the School of Community Studies and Creative Technologies, the following programs offer a workplace practicum component: Interior Decorating Diploma, Social Work Diploma: Practicum, Addiction Studies Diploma, Disability Studies Diploma, Early Learning and Child Care Diploma, Education Assistant Diploma, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education Diploma.

92.9% of BVC career-program graduates gain employment in their field of study within six months of graduation.

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