What are Dual Credits? How are they delivered? Who are they for?
What is a Dual Credit program?
Dual credit programs allow senior high school students the opportunity to earn high school and college credits at the same time. Students attend one of St. Clair College’s campuses for a half day once a week for a fifteen week period. This unique arrangement allows you, the student, the chance to experience life and learning in a college environments and allows you to fast track towards your post secondary goals.
Examples of dual credit offerings include: Radio Reporting, Photojournalism, Home Renovation Trade Skills, Electrical Installation, Intro to Early Childhood Education, Baking & Pastry Arts, Basic Welding Process and Fabricating, Health and Wellness Fundamentals, Common Core Shop Practices, Administrative Procedures, Sheet Metal I, and Acting and Improvisation.
As well for students interested in apprenticeship opportunities, Level 1 Apprenticeship In-School programs with 2 credit opportunities are available each Spring. These courses are full time for 8 weeks during May and June.
A maximum of 4 college-delivered dual credits can be counted as optional credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Dual Credits cannot be used as substitutions for compulsory credit requirements.
What does it cost?
You pay nothing. All books, transportation and tuition are paid for through grants from the School College Work Initiative (SCWI). SCWI is a collaborative partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
What makes a student eligible?
Dual credit programs are intended to assist secondary school students in the completion of their OSSD and provide a successful transition to college and apprenticeship programs. As well, students in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs (OYAP) are eligible to enroll. Enrolment in half or full day Co-op allows greater flexibility to participate.
Is a Dual Credit Level 1 Apprenticeship program right for you? Ontario's Dual Credit Program offers senior Ontario High School students an opportunity to experience a regular college course while earning both a college credit and a credit towards a High School diploma.
What does the Dual Credit program have to offer your children?
Parent's Introduction to Dual Credit Program in Ontario