Dual Credit - A Unique Opportunity for SFX Students

posted Mar 2, 2018, 7:05 AM by Sarah Schildknecht
Is your child interested in going to College or University? Do they plan on going directly to the workplace? Do they want to earn additional credits in Grade 11 or 12? Are they unsure if College or University is right for them? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Algonquin Dual Credit program is worth considering.

Students who are interested in finding out more about the dual credit program are asked to stop by the Co-op Office to sign up for an info session which will be held in the Library later this spring. Any parents who are looking for more information are also welcome to attend.

So what is the Dual Credit program? The Dual Credit program is offered by Algonquin College. It allows secondary school students to simultaneously earn college credits while they are still enrolled in high school. These credits can count towards both their high school diploma and post secondary education. Students can earn up to four Dual Credits. Courses are offered in a variety of subject areas such as Law/Police Foundations, Politics, Business, Culinary, Construction, Automotive and many more. In order to get involved in the Dual Credit Program, students must meet one or more of the following criteria:

1. they must be in going into grade 11, 12 or in their fifth year of high school
2. they must have a flexible timetable or have applied for coop education
3. they are interested in exploring and participating in apprenticeship
4. they are working towards a Specialist High Skills Major
5. they are interested in attending college or university after high school
6. they should be flexible, self-reliant, mature and be committed
7. they are willing to go to school in the late afternoons

The Dual Credit Program builds student confidence and allows students to experience college before having to pay for it. All costs for the program are covered (tuition, bus passes, parking fees and equipment requirements such as safety boots, glasses and equipment for levelone hairstyling programs etc). This year St. Francis Xavier is very excited to have over 60 students participating in the Dual Credit program. We are hearing great feedback from our students that are currently enrolled in the program. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to explore possible career pathways.

If you require additional information about the program please contact the Cooperative Education Department. Applications for next year’s semester one dual credit opportunities will be available in May. Semester two opportunities are released in October.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the cooperative education department.
Mr. David Francey, Mrs. Pam O’Hagan, Mr. Mark MacCuaig (613) 822-8906