Your future in tourism and small business starts here. Valemount College programs are provincially accredited and designed to fill present-day needs in the tourism industry.

Hiking in Mt Robsons Provincial Park
Kelly Funk Photography

Future in Soft Adventure Tourism

Soft adventure tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in the industry. More and more people are looking to escape to natural environments. They come to unwind, unplug and reconnect with nature.

Graduates of the Mountain Adventure Tourism program can find employment as guides for fishing, hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling and trail riding. In addition, the skills you learn transfer to positions as camp counsellors, camp leaders, naturalists, ecotourism operators, tour operators and information counsellors to name but a few.

Running across bridge near Valemount
Photo: Boosted Imagery

Future in Tourism Administration

If you love to share information and assist people who want to find great things to do in your area, you’ve chosen the right profession.

Graduates of the Tourism Administration program can find employment at visitor information centres, resorts, hotels, lodges, and with outdoor recreation operations. You may even find yourself working for attractions, tour operators or even Chambers of Commerce. There are dozens of other opportunities available with your certificate in Tourism Administration.

Walking along the marshlands in Valemount
Kelly Funk Photography

Future in Small Business Management

Start or grow your own tourism business, or work in management with a smaller organization.

Graduates of the Rural Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management program will qualify to work for hundreds of different types of companies in several capacities from supervisor to manager. Entrepreneurs benefit too, as this course will give them the tools needed for a strong start and growth in business. There are other positions that graduates qualify for. These include: working in travel and accommodation as well as customer service, information service, market research and other tourism related positions.

Photo: Vanessa Bucceri

Future in Cultural Tourism

The First Nations tourism industry is growing, and they need educated and trained people to fill their needs.

Graduates of the First Nations Cultural Tourism program will be qualified for positions in tourism and interpretation as well as with tour operators who specialize in natural history and First Nations culture.

It’s so great to have Valemount College as part of our community. With tourism growing in Valemount, it only makes sense to offer tourism-based post-secondary education right where it all happens. Valemount College’s Mountain Adventure Tourism program provides a firsthand view on adventure tourism, in a community surrounded by three majestic mountain ranges. We are a rural and somewhat remote community, so the College’s Rural Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management certificate program captures the joys as well as some of the challenges of starting and running a small business in a community like ours. We often have clients who are looking for post-secondary education opportunities closer to home, and we are happy to refer them to Valemount College. Students get personalized services with Valemount College’s smaller class sizes. It’s a perfect mix of quality education with a small town feel. Valemount Learning Centre

_Riette Kenkel,

Executive Director, Valemount Learning Centre