Dual Credit Program. Who is Eligible? How to Apply?
posted on November 8, 2017
High School can be challenging and the transition from high school to post-secondary education can be more so. There are programs in place if you need a bit of help or you simply don’t know which path you should take. The Duel-Credit Program is a ministry approved program partnering high schools and colleges.
When I was in school the only tools available to help choose our path were the school guidance counsellor and a semester of co-op. There is much more information available today and many more support systems to help students reach success: So Take Advantage:)
If eligible for the Duel-Credit Program high school students are able to take secondary and post-secondary (college & apprenticeship courses) simultaneously. The fact sheet for the Duel-Credit Program outlines the eligibility process and breaks it down to; who determines eligibility; what and who the focus of the program is and the equivalent apprenticeship ministries involved. For example,
- the School board or Student Success team at a high school determines eligibility
- the primary focus on students with potential & at risk of not graduating high school/students who left high school before graduating and are returning to school and,
- students interested in both Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) & Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) are also eligible
There are 3 types of duel – credit programs listed on the edu.gov.on.ca website;
- College Delivered Courses
- College Delivered Apprenticeship and,
- Team – Taught Courses
Each of the above courses;
- allow high school students the opportunity to take College/Apprenticeship courses gaining secondary & post-secondary credits simultaneously
- are delivered by (entirely or partly) publicly funded colleges in Ontario who are offering ministry approved dual credit programs.
- allow students the opportunity to earn up to 4 optional credits through college delivered credits.
- with the exception of Team – Taught courses as there is no limit to their application to secondary credits
The Benefits to this program are designed to help eligible students;
- complete their secondary school diploma
- make a successful transition from secondary school to College or an apprenticeship program
- increase the awareness (of students) about the College and apprenticeship programs available to them.
- create a greater insight into education and career planning decisions
The fact sheet for the Dual – Credit Program also outlines the support system, supervision framework that is in place and explains how results are recorded both at the high school and college level. For example, while in college delivered courses;
- College instructors in class provide Instruction and supervision while Duel Credit secondary school teachers help with supervision and support
- in addition, students have access to a variety of College supports
- Results are recorded concurrently by the regulatory body of the type of program you are taking. For example, college delivered courses and team-taught courses are recorded by;
- the principal of your High school recording your results on your Ontario Student Transcript (OST)
- while the college does the same (only on your college record)
College delivered apprenticeship courses are recorded slightly differently. Your;
- principal still records your results on your OST, however,
- if you are a registered apprentice, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development also records the completion of a Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training.
Duel – credit programs are much more widely offered than you might think. For example,
all 70 school boards (with high schools) in them offer dual – credit programming and,
all Ontario colleges of Applied Arts & Technology participate in these programs
If you want to find out more about dual – credit programming try the following;
- ask your High School Principal
- ask your Student Success Leader at your local school board or,
- go to ontario.ca/studentsuccess
Post-secondary school can be daunting especially if you try and go it alone without support. The dual – credit program is a way to reduce the number of courses you need to take once you get to post-secondary school while giving you a taste of what to expect so you can go into post-secondary school with confidence. Even if you did not enjoy the colleges’ courses you took, as part of this program, that information can be equally useful in assisting you to make an informed choice about which program you should take.
Good luck everyone
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