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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.

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VESL Volunteer Profile: Leslie
English Language Learning

VESL Volunteer Profile: Leslie

April 17, 2018

Since 2005, VESL (the Volunteer ESL Tutor Training Project) has supported the professional development of volunteer ELL tutors throughout the city of Calgary.

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Building Numeracy and Number Sense: Part 3
English Language Learning

Building Numeracy and Number Sense: Part 3

April 13, 2018

The following blog series was written by Donald Morris, a faculty member at the School of Global Access.

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Verb Tense Refresher
English Language Learning

VESL Workshop: Verb Tense Refresher

April 10, 2018

The following blog post was written by Dara MacKay, a faculty member at the School of Global Access. Dara recently planned and facilitated a VESL workshop called Verb Tense Refresher.

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Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Environmental Stewardship
Intercultural Development

Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Environmental Stewardship

April 9, 2018

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

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ICan Crew at the Inn from the Cold
Intercultural Development

ICan Crew at the Inn from the Cold

April 6, 2018

On March 15, 2018, ICan Crew volunteers trudged through a blizzard to volunteer at Inn from the Cold. For over twenty years, Inn from the Cold has supported homeless children and their families. Our role for the day was to provide support to kitchen staff and to serve lunch to the Inn’s guests.

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Upcoming Events View all

Tuesday May 1, 2018

VESL Workshop: Conversation Ideas for Low-level Learners

6:00pm to 8:30pm
Thursday May 10, 2018

ICan Crew Orientation

11:00am to 3:00pm
Tuesday May 15, 2018

Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion

12:00pm to 1:00pm
Wednesday May 23, 2018

ICan Crew: Calgary International Children's Festival

9:30am to 12:30pm
Thursday May 24, 2018

ICan Crew: Calgary International Children's Festival

12:30pm to 3:30pm

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