School of Community Studies

Be a leader in building stronger communities.

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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.

A career with a positive difference.

We share your passion for learning, success, and community, and we promise to value you and your time.

With the School of Community Studies, 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. We offer programs, courses, and certificates in a number of specialisms. 

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9 out of 10

Community Studies Graduates employed within a year

Dedicated student support

Flexible Learning Options


Graduates satisfied with the quality of our programs

Dean, Health and Community Studies
Dean, Health & Community Studies.

Nora MacLachlan, RN, Master of Science in Human Services

Nora MacLachlan guides a team of over 150 dedicated health care professionals with a wide range of experience. 

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Nora Maclachlan
Dean, Health & Community Studies.

Nora MacLachlan, RN, Master of Science in Human Services

Nora MacLachlan is the Dean of the School of Health and Wellness at Bow Valley College.  She has extensive experience as an instructor, having taught almost all of the courses in the Practical Nurse program at a college in southern Alberta. Nora also coordinated and developed clinical practice guidelines, and facilitated access improvement work in health care settings and coordinated building teams in physician offices. Prior to leading the School of Health and Wellness at Bow Valley College, she was an auditor, and a nursing manager in the continuing care environment.    

Nora’s education pathway moved from a Rehabilitation Practitioner Diploma to a Registered Nursing Diploma. This expanded to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and she now has a Master of Science in Human Services, with a specialization in Health Care Administration.  

She recently completed a knowledge translation project on the topic “Connecting with People with Dementia.” Her goal is to continue to develop excellence in the health programs at Bow Valley College. 

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