Jack Bredin was the original founder of Dev Core Technical Service; a company that filled staffing requirements for the Western Centre for Social Dynamics. In 1976, that company evolved into the Jack Bredin Community Institute which provided skill development programming with a focus on assisting Indigenous clients. The first two programs offered were Administrative Office Systems and Offset Printing.
The Repairs and Renovations Training/Pre-Employment Carpentry program was added and Bredin’s governing board grew from three members to five.
Since that time, Bredin has continued to grow and develop by expanding both their client reach and programming. Training programs were the main focus until 1993, when the Employment Search Resource Centre opened.
The Jack Bredin Community Institute dissolved, and the organization changed its name to Bredin Institute – Centre for Learning. Since that time employment assistance programs have become a staple service Bredin offers to clients from all educational and economic backgrounds. Training and employment programs expanded to target the special concerns of the youth population with the addition of the Making a Difference – Youth at Risk program in 2000.
Bredin began offering professional and personal development support with the Stress Management 101 program. They also expanded their services to immigrants by creating the Centre for Skilled and Internationally Trained Professionals.
Growth did not stop there. In 2005, Bredin expanded their client base to include newcomers to Canada with the International Pharmacy Bridging and the International Engineering Bridging programs.
Bredin’s success and growth continued with the establishment of the WorkSource program in Spruce Grove, providing employment and training assistance to the residents of Parkland County. Our Calgary location also opened its doors in 2006 in the heart of downtown Calgary, and initially offering the International Engineering Bridging program. Calgary has primarily focused on providing training and language programs, but recently expanded to include general employment programming with the CareerLink program.
Service for newcomers continued to grow as the 1-Step Settlement Services program opened its doors in 2010.
The Bredin Institute – Centre for Learning was dissolved, and the organization was incorporated under the name of Bredin Centre for Learning, a title that better reflects the company’s goals and values. Bredin purchased Choice College in Spruce Grove and renamed it the Bredin College of Business and Health Care.
Edmonton and Calgary campuses opened in 2016, and Red Deer in 2017. The College offers the following programs:
Medical Office Assistant with Unit Clerk Specialty, Legal Office Assistant, Microsoft Office Specialist, Community Support Worker, Computerized Accounting.
2019 and Beyond…
Bredin continues to grow and adapt to the needs of all Albertans. We are invested in our community and have a team of over 100 professionals supporting over 6,000 clients a year. Bredin is governed by a board of high-level professionals who share their divers business experience to support our commitment to Albertans. Our goal is to help people build a better future by providing innovative programming, skilled staff and an inclusive environment.