Preparing for success

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.

Justice Studies

Do you want a career in justice?  A Justice Studies diploma opens doors to many opportunities. The five specializations are:

Aboriginal Focus

Correctional Studies

General Studies

Law Enforcement

Addiction Studies

Do you want to learn skills that focus on community and addiction?  You can learn skills to identify and manage addiction in various populations, including Aboriginal communities.

Addiction Studies - Aboriginal Focus Diploma

Addiction Studies Certificate


Health and Human Services Management Post-Diploma Certificate

Are you ready to advance your career? This post-diploma certificate program can give you the business skills and advanced health and human service sector knowledge you need to stand out and be ready for leadership and management opportunities. If you already hold a diploma, degree, or other advanced credential in any health or human service subject area, then this program is for you. Separate yourself from the crowd.

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Disability Studies

Imagine a career where you make a difference every day by enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities.  You can work as an autism therapist, behavioural specialist, or a team leader in adult services.

Disability Studies Diploma

Disability Studies Certificate

Early Childhood Education and Development

This is a career that will give you the opportunity to make  a difference in the lives of children, families and communities.  Your learning will include child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences. 

Early Childhood Education and Development Diploma

Early Childhood Education and Development Certificate

Early Learning and Child Care Certificate - Foothills

Education Assistant

Would you like to work with teachers in an educational setting to support children with diverse learning needs and exceptionalities?  This program gives you the skills necessary to work with children supporting their cognitive, psychological and social development.

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Social Work

A career in social work can be exciting and rewarding.  This 2-year accredited program focuses on multi-culturalism, helping you support a wide range of clients.

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Child and Youth Care Diploma

Support the social and emotional wellbeing of young people, including Indigenous children and youth. Make a difference by training to work in familial, educational, community and organizational settings.

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Making a difference in the Siksika community

Giving back helps others achieve success.

9 out of 10

Community Studies Graduates employed within a year


Graduates satisfied with the quality of our programs

Dan McDonald

"I have gained significant professional and personal growth in this program! The passionate instructors share their experience, strength, and hope for a brighter future for people with disabilities and society as a whole."

Dan McDonald

Recipient of the Disability Studies Program Career Award and the Dean's Scholarship Award

Elizabeth MacGillivray helps communities thrive

One instructor’s approach to empowered living and families

A career with a positive difference

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.

Faculty & Staff
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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345 - 6 Avenue SE

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