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Welcome to the School of Global Access

We provide leadership in the integration and advancement of immigrants into Canadian society through English language learning, career advancement, intercultural awareness, and global citizenship. The foundation for success has been built and the motivation to innovate is stronger than ever.

Every year, the School of Global Access at Bow Valley College successfully introduces over 3700 learners to language and workplace skills training programs. From this extensive work, we have conducted research, developed curricula and delivered training to assist practitioners, employers, and learners within our community and around the globe. We are a leader in the development of award-winning programs and learning resources that assist in the delivery of workplace, language, and intercultural competency training.

We are a national leader in social innovation. We support immigrants in achieving their aspirations, we celebrate the advantage of diversity, and we maximize immigrant contributions to Canada's social and economic vibrancy.

Click below to explore an online version of the 2018 School of Global Access viewbook. 

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What's New

Here to Help: Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services

ELL instructors can use this resource to assist newcomers to Canada in finding and retaining entry-level positions in the food services industry. This resource focuses on workplace communication, with an emphasis on speaking and listening. This project is funded by the Alberta Government.

Audio Conversations: Pathways to Belonging and Influence

This resource identifies strategies and skills among successful immigrants. It includes a series of audio conversations with immigrants who are flourishing in Canada. This project is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

School of Global Access Membership

Become a member. Participate in professional learning and expand your network. Membership is free and benefits are many.

Stories from the BlogView Centre blog

Hundreds of Hands - Habitat for Humanity
Intercultural Development

Hundreds of Hands - Habitat for Humanity

August 14, 2018

The following blog post was written by Kelty Christensen, Learner Engagement Officer at the School of Global Access.

Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity was a bucket list item for me. It was a great experience. 

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Exploring social terms: Re-appropriating language
Intercultural Development

Exploring social terms: Re-appropriating language

August 3, 2018

The following blog post was written by Tahira Ebrahim, Centre Liaison Officer at the School of Global Access.

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Career Advancement

ACE TESOL information night

August 1, 2018

On July 11, 2018, the School of Global Access held an information night for the ACE TESOL Certificate.  We had 23 people attend including ACE TESOL staff, ACE TESOL al

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Tutoring in the Academic Success Centre
English Language Learning

Tutoring in the Academic Success Centre

July 24, 2018

The following blog post was written by Michael Graham, Educational Assistant at the School of Global Access.

Finding the Threads

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Learner Reflections: A taste of the Calgary Stampede
Intercultural Development

Learner Reflections: A taste of the Calgary Stampede

July 17, 2018

The following blog post was written by Carmela Dimaculangan at the School of Global Access.

Each year, the Calgary Stampede welcomes over a million visitors from around the world to ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’.

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Upcoming Events View all

Wednesday September 12, 2018

ICan Crew Orientation

11:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday September 18, 2018

Speed Friending

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wednesday September 19, 2018

Communal Table: Aleppo Savon

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Thursday September 20, 2018

Student Insights: Become a Bow Valley College Volunteer

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Wednesday September 26, 2018

Teach Your Talent: Yoga

12:30pm to 1:30pm

Workshops View all

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