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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

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).

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

The ESL Literacy Readers page has a new look. Our collection of forty theme-based readers is available in both print and audiobook format.

Stories from the BlogView Centre blog

English Language Learning

Program Profile: Academic ELL

May 25, 2018

Located in the School of Global Access, full-time English Language Learning (ELL) provides classes for approximately 850 learners daily.

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Career Advancement

Immigration Practitioner Information Evening

May 24, 2018

On April 10, 2018 Bow Valley College was pleased to host an information evening for the Immigration Practitioner Certificate offered through the School of Global Access.

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REEL Canada: Exposure to Canadian Film
Intercultural Development

REEL Canada: Exposure to Canadian Film

May 22, 2018

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

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New Resource: Here to Help: Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services
English Language Learning

New Resource: Here to Help: Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services

May 17, 2018

The following blog post was written by Heidi Beyer and Glen Cochrane, faculty members at the School of Global Access.

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Spotlight: IC Week Ambassadors
Intercultural Centre

Spotlight: IC Week Ambassadors

May 16, 2018

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

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Upcoming Events View all

Wednesday May 30, 2018

Webinar: ELL Workplace Communication Skills for Food Services

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday May 31, 2018

School of Global Access Showcase

11:30am to 1:00pm
Wednesday June 6, 2018

Cultural Insights: Stampede 101

1:00pm to 2:00pm
Tuesday June 12, 2018

Eid Gallery Walk

11:30am to 1:00pm
Tuesday June 12, 2018

ICan Crew: Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids

7:45am to 12:00pm

Workshops View all

Applied Research Projects View all

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