The Village of Empress

is nestled between the Red Deer River and the South Saskatchewan River, at the eastern edge of Alberta. There is a wild feel to this quaint village surrounded by expansive farms and ranches, pronghorns, coyotes and so many different species of birds. The recreation opportunities for adventurers and star-gazers are boundless. Come and see for yourself!


We are within the Prairie Rose School Division #8 (headquartered in Dunmore).

Empress students are taken by bus to:

    Grades K-9: Warren Peers School in Acadia Valley, 37 kilometers north of Empress.
    Grades 10-12: South Central High School in Oyen, 68 kilometers north of Empress.

While emphasis is placed upon preparing students for post secondary education, qualified staff working with modern facilities and equipment also helps students to achieve excellence in business education, home economics, and industrial arts.  Extra-curricular activities are equally important.  Teams from Acadia Valley & Oyen schools compete in regional and provincial sporting, academic, and cultural activities.

Big Country Community Adult Learning Council (BCCALC), is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Skilled Trades and Professions.

We offer a wide variety of courses and learner support services to adults living in the Special Areas region, which includes Oyen, Acadia Valley, Empress, Cereal, New Brigden, Sedalia, Esther, Sibbald, Bindloss, and Buffalo.

Our aim is to assist individuals in achieving their personal and professional goals by providing access to programs and services related to education, career and employment, and community development.

Big Country Community Adult Learning Council (BCCALC)
Telephone: 403-664-2060
Street Address: 113 2 Ave West, Oyen, AB, T0J 2J0


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