Start your journey to a rewarding career.
You can have a positive impact in your community while you build a rewarding career. Start with a certificate or diploma, or expand your current career options with a post-diploma certificate and continuing education courses.
A career with a positive difference.
We share your passion for learning, success, and community, and we promise to value you and your time.
With the School of Community Studies, you can build a career that makes a positive difference in your community. You have the commitment, dedication, and vision. We're here to help you make those dreams a reality. We offer programs, courses, and certificates in a number of specialisms.
Your success is our focus. As a student at Bow Valley College, you have access to:
If you're ready to start the journey towards your future, our Welcome Centre staff is ready to answer your questions and guide you through the process.
Relationships and service
Practical knowledge helped me be successful in attaining employment.
"The practical knowledge helped me be successful in attaining employment. The Aboriginal focus opened up my eyes to the struggles we face every day. This was essential in my learning of my culture and how to connect with others."
- Aimee Boulton, Addiction Studies Diploma, Aboriginal Focus Graduate
Classes taught by instructors with many years of policing experience.
"Classes taught by instructors with many years of policing experience give you a realistic view into the job. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the program, and I am grateful for the friendships and experiences I gained in my studies."
- Nicholas Petruic, Law Enforcement Diploma Program Graduate
Significant professional and personal growth.
"I have gained significant professional and personal growth in this program! The passionate instructors share their experience, strength, and hope for a brighter future for people with disabilities and society as a whole."
- Dan McDonald, Recipient of the Disability Studies Program Career Award and the Dean's Scholarship Award
9 out of 10
Community Studies Graduates employed within a year
Dedicated student support
Flexible Learning Options
Graduates satisfied with the quality of our programs
Dean, Health and Community Studies
Dean, Health & Community Studies.
Nora MacLachlan, RN, Master of Science in Human Services
Nora MacLachlan is the Dean of the School of Health and Wellness at Bow Valley College. She has extensive experience as an instructor, having taught almost all of the courses in the Practical Nurse program at a college in southern Alberta. Nora also coordinated and developed clinical practice guidelines, and facilitated access improvement work in health care settings and coordinated building teams in physician offices. Prior to leading the School of Health and Wellness at Bow Valley College, she was an auditor, and a nursing manager in the continuing care environment.
Nora’s education pathway moved from a Rehabilitation Practitioner Diploma to a Registered Nursing Diploma. This expanded to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and she now has a Master of Science in Human Services, with a specialization in Health Care Administration.
She recently completed a knowledge translation project on the topic “Connecting with People with Dementia.” Her goal is to continue to develop excellence in the health programs at Bow Valley College.Meet Our Team
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