Flexible, local programs

You have goals. We can help you achieve them. Bow Valley College provides training that gets you ready for the work force. Our High River Campus offers a variety of credit and non-credit programs. English Language classes are available, too. Upgrade your skills, start a new career path, or finish high school. Right in the Foothills.

Below you can find information on all our resources. Use the links to jump to the section you are interested in:


Practical Nurse Diploma (5 Term)  Fall 2020, High River (application open date pending)

There are many opportunities to use skills as a Practical Nurse, including child care, maternity nursing, community health, mental wellness, seniors care and medicine. The Practical Nurse Diploma program is a recognized and popular program for prospective health care providers.

Please note that you must be a resident of High River, Okotoks, or the surrounding rural community; we do not accept applicants from Calgary.

Applications for this program must be submitted in-person to the Okotoks or High River Campuses. 


Back to top ^


Early Childhood Education & Development Certificate – Fall 2020, Okotoks Campus (application open date pending)

Program Description
You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The 1 year (3 term) Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) Certificate program prepares you to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan emergent play experiences for the children in your care. You will gain knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-center learning experiences.

Delivery options
The ECED Certificate program in Okotoks is offered during the evenings and weekends in a traditional classroom setting with an onsite instructor, plus a weekly online course.
This program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services (Formerly Level II).
Please note that this certificate is also the first year of the Early Childhood & Education Diploma (formerly Level III).

Applications for this program must be submitted in-person to the Okotoks or High River Campuses.


Back to top ^



English Language Classes

The High River Campus offers a range of English Language classes. Details for the next offerings are as follows:

LINC class, Levels 4 to 6
Tuesdays and Thursdays
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
You must be a permanent resident or refugee to take this class. No cost.
Please contact the High River Campus to register for this class.
For other information on English language classes, contact the High River Campus.


Back to top ^


Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Testing

Bow Valley College partners with ILVARC and the Government of Canada to offer Canadian Language Benchmark placement testing (CLBPT) at the High River Campus.

CLB placement testing is available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.   
Please call the High River campus to book your CLBPT.

Back to top ^


Upgrading Programs

High School-Anytime Online Learning (ATOL) offers a flexible opportunity to take the courses you need to further your education. Online Bow Valley College students can book space to work on their courses and write their exams at the High River Campus. Please contact us for more details.


Back to top ^

Exam Proctoring

We offer exam proctoring/invigilation for individuals taking distance education courses through other post-secondary institutions or learning organizations.

Exams may only be written from Monday to Friday, at 9:00am or 1:00 and finishing by 4:30pm, based on campus availability.

All exam writers will be charged an invigilation fee of $70 + GST per exam, as well as any additional costs incurred (printing, postage, etc.), to be paid on the day of the exam before writing.

For more information, please call the Okotoks campus or email bvcfoothills@bowvalleycollege.ca

Back to top ^


Community Collaboration

Bow Valley College in High River is pleased to work with other local organizations to support community initiatives.

Upcoming Programs/Workshops/Events

Employee Edge Business & Computer Training

In today’s job market, the deciding factor for employers often comes down to a candidates’ ideal mix of technical and soft skills. Take one or all of the courses and workshops below…and get the EDGE.

All courses are offered at the High River Campus through a "blended delivery" of scheduled online classes. Registration closes 24-48 hours before the course starts, or sooner if the course is full. Register for each course individually using the links below and choose the High River location to secure your seat. Courses may be used toward several Bow Valley College Continuing Education Certificates.


Time Management Strategies (PPDV 9105)

March 2 – April 20, 2020 – Mondays 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Please contact the campus with any education requests, whether for yourself, your organization or your business. We would love to hear what our community wants to learn!

Back to top ^


Campus Location

2nd Floor (entrance at rear of building), 710 Centre Street SE
High River, AB T1V 0H3

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed 12:00 to 12:45 for lunch)
Phone: (403) 441-2399
Email: bvcfoothills@bowvalleycollege.ca

Have a question? Want to apply? Call, email, or visit the campus!


Back to top ^


Your cart is currently empty.

Browse Available Courses

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Learn more in our privacy policy