Start SMART Passport

Participate in the Start SMART passport program and learn critical information to support success in your first term of studies at Bow Valley College. Sessions cover academic, financial  and emotional success.  Start your journey at Bow Valley College strong!

You will be eligible for the Start SMART certificate by completing:
   •  a minimum of 8 workshops/training sessions

The Start SMART passport has a collection of fun & free activities, training, and workshops all in one place. By participating in any of these activities, you can earn virtual badges/awards on D2L!
 1.Sign up for the program

 2. Download the Start SMART passport

 3. Check out the instructions on how to collect your badges

The Start SMART passport program runs for the first 6 weeks of each term.

Email for inquires.



Welcome to LEAD Academy!

Are you looking for ways to maximize your strengths and reach your leadership potential? If so, then LEAD Academy is for you! We’ll help you learn ways to develop your personal leadership style, as well as skills to engage effectively in life, school and community.  

What is LEAD Academy?

The LEAD Academy consists of workshops and learning activities geared towards helping you become a better leader. You will learn and develop skills according to the 6 Pillars of Leadership:

1. Leadership and Me
2. Cultivating Self Awareness
3. Civic Engagement
4. Effective Communicating
5. EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and Cultural Competencies
6. Effective Goal Setting

What are the benefits of joining the LEAD Academy?  

  • Personal and professional development
  • Rich student life experience 
  • Networking opportunities with different groups at the College
  • Leadership self-awareness
  • A chance to actively get involved in the BVC community
  • A LEAD Academy Certificate and a letter of reference from Student Affairs

Who is eligible to participate in the LEAD Academy?

  • Anyone registered in programs at Bow Valley College

When do I need to register for the LEAD Academy?

  • Registration is ongoing and there is no registration deadline.

How do I register for LEAD Academy? 

 Is there a timeframe in which I must complete all the LEAD Academy requirements? 

  • No. Once program registration has taken place, the student must track their own progress and ensure that program requirements are met to receive a LEAD Academy Certificate. 

How do I fulfill my volunteer requirements?

  • Volunteer with BVC (co-curricular documentation required)
  • Volunteer outside of BVC (documentation required from volunteer manager) *request form from Student Affairs 

How do I receive my LEAD Academy Certificate?

To qualify for your LEAD Academy Certificate, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Take at least 8 LEAD Academy workshops, one from each pillar is mandatory
  • Take part in at least 10 hours of campus or community volunteering
  • Complete and submit workshop reflections after each workshop


Apply to receive your LEAD Academy Certificate upon completion of the above requirements. Note: Students are responsible for tracking their own progress in the program. LEAD Academy Program Completion Certificate Request

Once you've met the requirements, you'll get your LEAD Academy Certificate. The work you've done will also be added to your co-curricular record.

Email for inquires.




Check out available LEAD workshops

Come and create your vision board with us and turn your dreams into reality!

Feb 16 | 11:15am-12:15pm | Location: TBD

Volunteering is a great way to pursue a passion and connect with a community. Join and learn about different volunteer programs offered at the College.

Jan 20 | 11:15am-12:15pm | MS Teams (online)

Learn about different goal setting tools and set up your success goals!

Feb 1 | 11:15am-12:15pm | MS Teams (online)

Discover and maximize your most powerful talents in and out of the classroom with CliftonStrengths for Students Top 5. BVC will provide you a FREE access code to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment. This 4-part series will guide you in unlocking and developing your natural talents for success in the classroom, workplace, relationships, as well as your holistic life & wellbeing.

Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17 | 11:00am-12:30pm | MS Teams (online)

Come and learn how to connect with new people and increase your confidence in making new friends.

Feb 9 | 11:15am-12:15pm | MS Teams (online)

At school or at work – being a good presenter will help you get ahead. Improve your presentation skills and overall confidence!

Feb 8 | 12:45pm-1:45pm | MS Teams (online)

Learn about your strengths, and those of others, and build positive relationships at home, at school and at work.

Feb 10 | 12:45pm-1:45pm | MS Teams (online)


Contact us

Learner Success Services

345 – 6 Avenue SE
First floor, South building Campus
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Hours of operation
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m


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