Preparing for success

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.

Addiction Studies

Do you want to learn skills that focus on community and addiction?  You can learn skills to identify and manage addiction in various populations, including Aboriginal communities.

Addiction Studies - Aboriginal Focus Diploma

Addiction Studies Certificate


Justice Studies

Do you want a career in justice?  A Justice Studies diploma opens doors to many opportunities. The five specializations are:

Aboriginal Focus

Correctional Studies

General Studies

Law Enforcement

Youth Justice

Health and Human Services Management Post-Diploma Certificate

We were very excited to welcome our first graduating class from the HHSM program in June 2017! After the hard work and dedication of completing all 10 courses in the program, these learners are ready to enter the job market as leaders in the Health and Human Services sector.

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Early Childhood Education and Development

This is a career that will give you the opportunity to make  a difference in the lives of children, families and communities.  Your learning will include child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences. 

Early Childhood Education and Development Diploma

Early Childhood Education and Development Certificate

Early Learning and Child Care Certificate - Foothills

Disability Studies

Imagine a career where you make a difference every day by enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities.  You can work as an autism therapist, behavioural specialist, or a team leader in adult services.

Disability Studies Diploma

Disability Studies Certificate

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education Certificate

The online Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education certificate prepares you to understand the unique challenges of FASD due to the variety of ways alcohol affects brain development.  This certificate gives you the tools to provide quality care for individuals with FASD.

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Education Assistant

Would you like to work with teachers in an educational setting to support children with diverse learning needs and exceptionalities?  This program gives you the skills necessary to work with children supporting their cognitive, psychological and social development.

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Social Work

A career in social work can be exciting and rewarding.  This 2-year accredited program focuses on multi-culturalism, helping you support a wide range of clients.

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Child and Youth Care Diploma

Support the social and emotional wellbeing of young people, including Indigenous children and youth. Make a difference by training to work in familial, educational, community and organizational settings.

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Making a difference in the Siksika community

Giving back helps others achieve success.

9 out of 10

Community Studies Graduates employed within a year


Graduates satisfied with the quality of our programs

Dan McDonald

"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

Elizabeth MacGillivray helps communities thrive

One instructor’s approach to empowered living and families

A career with a positive difference

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.

Faculty & Staff
Dean, School of Community Studies

Dr. Cherylyn Cameron

Dr. Cherylyn Cameron is the dean of the School of Community Studies and the School of Creative Technologies.

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Cherylyn Cameron
Dean, School of Community Studies

Dr. Cherylyn Cameron

Dr. Cherylyn Cameron is the dean of the School of Community Studies and the School of Creative Technologies at Bow Valley College. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Education from Central Michigan University, Dr. Cameron attended Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto and completed a PhD in theory and policy studies. Her dissertation, “The Lived Experience of Transfer Students from a Baccalaureate Nursing Program,” won the Best Dissertation Award from the Council of Study of Community Colleges in the United States. Dr. Cameron has taught and held several senior administrative positions in the post-secondary system for over 25 years. As the founding dean for the School of Creative Technologies, she is committed to academic excellence balanced with learner-centred principles in teaching and learning to educate skilled and confident professionals in communication, information, and design technologies.

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Your success is our focus. Our support services will help you achieve your goals.


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