Flexible, local programs

You have goals. We can help you achieve them. Bow Valley College provides training that gets you ready for the work force. Our Cochrane campus offers a variety of credit and non-credit programs. Upgrade your skills, start a new career path, or finish high school. Right here in your community.

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Employee Edge Business & Computer Training

In today’s job market, the deciding factor for employers often comes down to a candidates’ ideal mix of technical and soft skills. Take one or all of the courses and workshops below… and get the EDGE.

All courses are offered at the Cochrane Campus through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods.

Registration closes 24-48 hours before the course starts, or sooner if the course is full. Register for each course individually using the links below and choose the Cochrane location to secure your seat.

Courses may be used toward several Bow Valley College Continuing Education Certificates.

Time Management Strategies (PPDV 9105)

March 2 - April 20, 2020  Monday 6:00-9:00pm


Administrative Skills Fundamentals (ADMN 9203)

April 21 - May 12, 2020  Tuesday 1:00-4:00pm & Monday 6:00-9:00pm


COMING SOON – Employee Edge Workshops (Soft Skills), Time Management Strategies, and Effective Business Writing.


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Upcoming Programs/Workshops/Events

English 1201 - English Composition (Spring/Summer 2020)

This is a required course for many Bow Valley College career programs as well as university transfer.

Early Childhood Education & Development Certificate – Fall 2020 (application open date pending)

Program Description
You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The 1 year (3 term) Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) Certificate program prepares you to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan emergent play experiences for the children in your care. You will gain knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-center learning experiences.

Delivery options
The ECED Certificate program in Cochrane is offered during the evenings and weekends in a traditional classroom setting with an onsite instructor, plus a weekly online course.
This program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services (Formerly Level II).
Please note that this certificate is also the first year of the Early Childhood & Education Diploma (formerly Level III).

Applications for this program must be submitted in-person to the Cochrane campus.


Practical Nurse Diploma (5 Term)  Fall 2020 (application open date pending)

There are many opportunities to use skills as a Practical Nurse, including child care, maternity nursing, community health, mental wellness, seniors care and medicine. The Practical Nurse Diploma program is a recognized and popular program for prospective health care providers.

Please note that you must be a resident of Cochrane or the surrounding rural community; we do not accept applicants from Calgary.

Applications for this program must be submitted in-person to the Cochrane campus.  


Health Care Aide (2 Term) - Fall 2020 (application open date pending)

Our Health Care Aide program will provide you with the opportunity to learn knowledge and hands-on skills to assist people to care for themselves and maintain independence.
Applications for this program must be submitted in-person to the Cochrane campus.

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GED Preparation

Get the skills to challenge the official GED tests. When you pass these tests, you will earn a High School Equivalency Diploma. GED Prep is offered in a classroom at the Cochrane campus, and the GED official exams are written at the downtown Calgary campus.

Please contact the Cochrane Campus for next intake dates.


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Upgrading Programs

High School-Anytime Online Learning (ATOL) offers a flexible opportunity to take the courses you need to further your education. Online Bow Valley College students can book space to work on their courses and write their exams at the Cochrane Campus. Please contact us for more details.


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Community Collaboration

Bow Valley College in Cochrane is pleased to work with other local organizations to support community initiatives.

Please contact the campus with any education requests, whether for yourself, your organization or your business. We would love to hear what our community wants to learn!


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    Campus Location

    305 1 Street E
    Cochrane, AB T4C 1Z3

    Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
    Phone: (403) 851-0463
    Email: bvccochrane@bowvalleycollege.ca

    Have a question? Want to apply? Call, email, or visit the campus!


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