Dual Credits program provides reach-ahead options

Finishing high school and starting college became linked more closely this year courtesy of a new Ministry of Education initiative. The Dual Credits program allows students to earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training.

Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, Loyalist College and St. Lawrence College are partnering to offer dual credit courses. This semester is a pilot program and students are enrolled in:

• CAD 1 and Technical Communications
• Automotive Apprenticeship
• Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship
• Hairstylist Apprenticeship
• General Carpentry Apprenticeship

“Our students are telling us that this program is very valuable to them. They appreciate the college experience and stimulating environment,” remarks Mandy Savery-Whiteway, System Principal for Student Success. “Most importantly, the Dual Credits program is helping these students to stay in school and invest in their future,” she adds.

What it is
Dual Credits is a Student Success and School College Work Initiative (SCWI) intended to provide reach-ahead opportunities for secondary school students. They participate in apprenticeship training and post-secondary courses earning dual credits that count towards their high school diploma and their post-secondary diploma, degree or apprenticeship certification. College tuition, ancillary and textbook fees are funded through the SCWI. A dedicated secondary teacher for all students participating in the Dual Credits program helps students to make the transition to the college setting and supports their academic program and planning.

Who it is for
Dual Credits is for students who need learning opportunities outside of high school and who would benefit from a college or apprenticeship experience.

How it helps
Students have the opportunity to:
• Earn high school credits while studying at a local college or taking apprenticeship training.
• Gain experience that will help them with their postsecondary education or apprenticeship.
• Get a head start on learning and training for their future careers.
• Focus on areas of interest, for senior secondary school students, as they move towards graduation.

For more information, please contact: • Kerry Donnell, Communications Officer, 613-966-1170 or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2354

Last updated: April 15, 2009 at 3:16 pm
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