What are dual credit courses and programs?
Dual credit courses are offered in high school and the students who take them are completing course content and assignments that satisfy both high school and post- secondary requirements. The credits count towards a post-secondary certificate, diploma, degree or journey person certificate. In Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools, we offer dual credit courses and dual credit programs (more than one course) that lead to a post-secondary credential (credits) and/or a certificate.
Why do students take dual credit courses and programs?
• Successful completion of a dual credit course means that a student has the potential to earn “transfer credit” for a successfully completed dual credit course, saves money by not having to pay the course fee in post-secondary, and saves time by not having to take that course in post-secondary.
• Dual credit course experience requires students to learn from a different institution’s instructors, resources (digital interfaces, articles, labs at university level), and criteria and grading systems. This experience helps to prepare students for post-secondary experiences following high school.
• Dual credit courses are part of a program (e.g., Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Sciences, Bachelor of Education) that are deigned to lead to career pathways of interest to students (Graphic Design, Writer, Lawyer, Doctor, Dentist, Engineer, Teacher).
• Dual credit courses that are offered as a program and lead to a credential or certificate often meet a student’s immediate passion in an area of work (e.g., Administrative Professional Program; Hospitality, Tourism, and Management).
What dual credit courses and programs are available in Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools?
In partnership with Athabasca University, we offer six different online dual credit courses (e.g. Accounting, Anthropology, Art History, Computer Science, Education and Indigenous Studies) to high school students.
In partnership with Norquest College, we offer two certification programs:
- Hospitality, Tourism, and Management Certificate at École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d'Youville
- Administrative Professional Program at Morinville Community High School (NEW for September 2018)
A detailed listing of courses and pre-requisites can be found on the following webpages: Online Courses and Dual Credit Programs.
How do I register in the dual credit courses or programs?
Our school district received a grant for 2018-2019 to offer students in each of our high schools the opportunity to take one of the courses or programs at no cost. To put your name forward, please contact:
• Dave Feist, Principal, St. Gabriel High School
• Sheila Glebe, Principal, École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d'Youville
• Don Hinks, Principal, Morinville Composite High School
• Danielle Karaki, Principal, St. Albert Catholic High School