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 Okotoks Campus offers a variety of credit and non-credit programs. Upgrade your skills, start a new career path, or finish high school. Right here 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)
  • Early Childhood Education & Development Certificate
  • Upgrading Programs
  • Exam Proctoring
  • Upcoming Programs/Workshops/Events
  • Community Collaboration
  • Campus Location

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

      Program Description
      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.   

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      Early Childhood Education & Development Certificate – Fall 2020, Okotoks (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. Please contact either campus for more information on the next intake.

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      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 Okotoks Campus. Please contact us for more details.

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      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 bvcokotoks@bowvalleycollege.ca

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      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 Okotoks 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 Okotoks location to secure your seat. Courses may be used toward several Bow Valley College Continuing Education Certificates.


      Administrative Skills Fundamentals (ADMN 9203)

      April 21 – May 12, 2020 – Mondays 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM & Tuesdays 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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      Community Collaboration

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

      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!

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      Campus Location

      11 Elizabeth Street
      Okotoks, AB T1S 1A8

      Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm)
      Phone: (403) 476-2233
      Email: bvcokotoks@bowvalleycollege.ca

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

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