What is Dual Credit?
Dual Credit provides high school students with the opportunity to participate in apprenticeship training or get a head start on their post-secondary education - by taking a course(s) that earns them both high school and post secondary credits at the same time.
Why Take Dual Credit Programming?
Dual Credit programming provides many benefits, including the following:
- Saving on the cost of tuition. With Dual Credit fees covered by the school division, students are required to take fewer courses when they enrol at a post-secondary institution, thereby reducing their future tuition fees.
- It helps prepare high school students for a post-secondary academic environment and eases the transition from high school to college.
- It lowers their future workload by allowing them to complete courses that count toward earning a credential before entering a post-secondary institution.
- Taking a course (or courses) during high school can give a student the motivational boost they need to stay in school and build their confidence to continue on a post-secondary path.
- Many students’ high school grades are positively impacted when they participate in a Dual Credit program because it highlights the importance of education as they consider their future careers.
- It provides students with an opportunity to engage in hands-on experience that links learning to satisfying careers in the workplace but does not interrupt high school programming.
- The amount of time and money invested in education at the post-secondary level can be significant. Exposure to courses earlier on can assist in determining whether a specific career is the right choice for a student.
Dual Credit Programming Available at Northern Lakes College
Northern Lakes College offers a variety of Dual Credit programs and courses for high school students.
- Carpenter Apprenticeship Period One
- Electrician Apprenticeship Period One
- Welder Apprenticeship Period One
- Health Care Aide
- Oilfield Operator
- Power Engineering 4th Class
- Power Engineering 5th Class
- Office Administration
- Business Administration
- Early Learning and Child Care
- Educational Assistant
- University Studies
- Water Wastewater Operator
The programs/courses are delivered using a variety of methods and will vary according to the program or course. Delivery methods used include:
- Attending class in-person at the College.
- Attending a mixture of live and online classes.
- Some courses are not delivered live; rather, they are pre-recorded so they can be accessed at the time and place of your convenience.
- Other programs offer a mixture of distance and face-to-face classes and labs.
Dual Credit Information for Students and Parents
How to Apply
- Meet with your secondary school counsellor
- Ensure you have completed the prerequisites before the program starts
- Design your timetable to accommodate the Dual Credit program.
- Complete the NLC Application Package and return it to your counsellor, who will forward the completed forms to the College. Note that if you are under 18 years of age, the forms will require the signature of your parent or guardian.
Admission and Orientation
- Students are accepted on a first qualified, first served basis. For this reason it is important to complete all parts of the application package and submit it on time.
- You and your parent(s) or guardian(s) may be required to attend an orientation with a representative of the College prior to the start of the program. The orientation is to ensure that both students and parents know what is expected from the College and to answer any questions that you may have.
Costs of the Programs and Courses
- Each school division will address costs independently; however, in many cases, the school division covers the costs of taking the course or program. Please see your high school counsellor for information on what is covered at your school.
$500 Bursary Available to Dual Credit Students
Students who are successful in a Dual Credit program now have an extra incentive to complete their high school education. Northern Lakes College offers a $500 bursary to Dual Credit students who, upon graduating from high school, enrol in the College to continue their post-secondary education.
Dual Credit Information for Schools and School Divisions
Northern Lakes College has partnered with over twenty high schools and eleven school divisions to offer Dual Credit opportunities to high school students. Most of the Dual Credit programming at NLC is delivered in an asynchronous (pre-recorded) manner using technology so that it is available to any high school. If you are interested in pursuing a Dual Credit partnership with NLC, please contact:
Brian Panasiuk Chair, Dual Credit and Recruitment
Toll Free 1-866-652-3456 Office (780) 751-3311 Cell (780) 523-6259
- NLC Dual Credit Application Package
- Dual Credit Checklist for High Schools
- Alberta Dual Credit Website
- Alberta Education Provincial Mapping Documents