Preparing you for success

Have you been away from school for a long time? Do you need to learn basic literacy, improve your grades, or finish high school? It’s all possible with our many learning options. 

Alberta Works grant funding

You are ready, willing, and able to attend school, but you don't have money to pay for upgrading? Check if you are eligible for Alberta Works grant funding provided by the government. Unemployed or marginally employed adult residents of Alberta that have financial need and require skills training to find stable employment could qualify for this type of financial help.

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Bow Valley College offers Artstream in partnership with Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD). If you want to attend ACAD but don’t quite meet the academic or English requirements, this may be the program for you.


Adult Basic Education Program

Reading and understanding a document, writing a paragraph or adding and subtracting fractions could be challenging. Come back to learning, strengthen your skills and get ready for higher education.


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Leaping towards a career

With Career Program Pathways, Jonathan Vanderkruk can pursue his passion.

Earn Alberta Education high school credits

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Average Faculty/Learner ratio in our classrooms


Learners take upgrading with us each year

Benefit from free tutoring in all subjects

Aaron Peterson

"I walked away from High School Upgrading at Bow Valley College not only with the courses I needed to continue on, but with a lot of valuable life lessons. This is the place where I can excel and learn."

Aaron Petersen

Student, Academic Upgrading 2016

Out of tragedy, Zimbabwean student finds a career she loves.

In her mother’s memory, Patience Muchena wants to spread compassion to those in need.

Adult Literacy and Essential Skills Research Institute

ALESRI promotes and conducts critical inquiry, applied research and innovation in the field of foundational learning (adult literacy, basic education, upgrading and essential skills).

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Faculty & Staff
Dean, School of Foundational Learning

Dr. Keith Seel

Dr. Seel is responsible for over 80 faculty and staff delivering the academic programs in the School of Foundational Learning.

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Keith Sees
Dean, School of Foundational Learning

Dr. Keith Seel

Dr. Seel, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Certified Volunteer Administrator, is the Dean of the School of Foundational Learning (SFL) at Bow Valley College. He is responsible for the academic programs in the SFL. Dr. Seel is committed to learner success and ensures that courses and programs help learners achieve their goals. Prior to coming to Bow Valley College, Dr. Seel was responsible for the Institute for Nonprofit Studies. He has several years of experience teaching with the Calgary Board of Education. As well, he is a published author and researcher.

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School of Foundational Learning

345 - 6 Avenue SE
5th floor, north campus


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