BowVal­leyCol­lege puts stu­dents first

Calgary Herald - - CITY - SHANNON SUTHER­LAND-SMITH

Bow Val­ley Col­lege serves its di­verse stu­dent body with flex­i­ble, in­no­va­tive pro­gram­ming cre­ated to help them suc­ceed.

Whether a high school grad­u­ate, a long-term em­ployee look­ing for a ca­reer change or a new Cana­dian set­tling in, Bow Val­ley is there, says pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Laura Jo Gunter.

“We want to help peo­ple — all peo­ple — reach their end goals through what­ever means works best for them and their lives, whether they are look­ing at get­ting a new job, a bet­ter job or just learn­ing some­thing new,” says Gunter.

“We are in­no­va­tive not only in our de­liv­ery and of­fer­ings, but also in terms of our flex­i­bil­ity.”

Learn­ing hap­pens in all kinds of places on-cam­pus and off — in tra­di­tional class­rooms and learn­ing labs, but also in busi­ness staff rooms where peo­ple work their day jobs and in bus shel­ters where stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in on­line learn­ing while they await their ride home.

A corner­stone of Bow Val­ley Col­lege’s strate­gic di­rec­tion is ac­cess — ac­cess to post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion re­gard­less of one’s back­ground or lo­ca­tion, ac­cess for grad­u­ates to em­ploy­ment and en­trepreneur­ship, and ac­cess to up-skilling and re-skilling.

“We are be­ing very proac­tive about how we ap­proach ed­u­ca­tion, be­cause con­tent is be­com­ing ubiq­ui­tous,” says Gunter.

“It’s about know­ing and trust­ing the con­tent is valid and the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence you have and com­pe­ten­cies you de­velop through that.”

The col­lege plays a key role in city build­ing, says Gunter, cre­at­ing so­cial and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity by help­ing res­i­dents find ca­reers that fit their needs and serve the com­mu­nity.

Its pro­grams cover a wide range of ar­eas, and some — such as Open Stud­ies — let stu­dents get a taste of a course be­fore they com­mit to a spe­cific cer­tifi­cate or diploma pro­gram.

Stu­dents can also earn cred­its while up­grad­ing or tak­ing English Lan­guage Learn­ing cour­ses.

Post-diploma cer­tifi­cates are pop­u­lar with work­ing pro­fes­sion­als look­ing to up­grade their cre­den­tials or switch ca­reers. They al­low stu­dents to build on top of pre­vi­ous ed­u­ca­tion and some pro­grams of­fer work place­ment, to make the ca­reer shift even smoother.

Ar­eas of­fer­ing post­diploma cer­tifi­cates in­clude health and hu­man ser­vice man­age­ment and dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing.

As well, ear­lier this year the col­lege launched the School of Cre­ative Tech­nolo­gies, which pro­vides new, more flex­i­ble tech­nol­ogy and de­sign train­ing to equip stu­dents with the skills they need to grad­u­ate ready to work.

Meant to in­spire in­ter­est in tech­nol­ogy and de­sign ca­reers among non-tra­di­tional au­di­ences, cour­ses in­clude in­te­rior dec­o­rat­ing, kitchen and bath de­sign, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing and soft­ware de­vel­op­ment.

“And more ex­cit­ing an­nounce­ments are in our fu­ture,” says Gunter.

“We are cur­rently ex­plor­ing part­ner­ships with var­i­ous post-se­condary in­sti­tu­tions and in­dus­try groups that will help our learn­ers es­tab­lish them­selves in mean­ing­ful ca­reers and, ul­ti­mately, that is al­ways our goal.

“That’s why we ex­ist and why we are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to grow and change with our stu­dents to meet their needs.”

We want to help peo­ple — all peo­ple — reach their end goals through what­ever means works best for them and their lives.

WILANDRUSCHAK

Laura Jo Gunter, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of BowVal­ley Col­lege.

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