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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.

A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy is a useful and in-depth resource for ESL literacy practitioners. The resource can support both instructors with dedicated classes of ESL literacy learners and instructors who have ESL literacy learners mixed with non-literacy learners.

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

What is Youth in Transition?
English Language Learning

What is Youth in Transition?

November 14, 2018

The following blog was written by Charlotte Beaubier and Ruby Hamm, faculty members at the School of Global Access.

What is the Youth in Transition (YIT) program?

Intercultural Centre

Field of Dreams

November 13, 2018

Recently the IC hosted BVC learner and Syrian refugee, Mohamed El Daher.  The quintessential BVC success story focused on Mohamed’s journey of settling in Canada and of starting a farm east of Calgary that began as a backyard passion.

Innovation through Inclusion
Research and Development

Innovation through Inclusion: Indigenous Awareness Training for English Language Learners

November 8, 2018

The following blog was written by Nadia Khan, a faculty member at the School of Global Access.

Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy
English Language Learning

Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

November 7, 2018

Bow Valley College presents at ATESL: A Practical Guide to Teaching ESL Literacy

English Language Learning

Kirstin Kot - Learner Success Officer, Bridge Program

November 1, 2018

The Bridge Program is for immigrant youth ages 18 to 24 with interrupted formal education. 


Upcoming Events View all

Wednesday November 28, 2018

Teach Your Talent: Chinese Dance

12:30pm to 1:30pm
Thursday November 29, 2018

Fostering Global Citizenship through Journalism

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Tuesday December 4, 2018

IC Cafe: Microagressions in Education

12:30pm to 1:30pm

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