Students earn post-secondary credits in high school
High school students across the province are benefiting from more opportunities to pursue their career interests with hands-on learning, thanks to dual crediting.
Alberta’s dual credit strategy gives students the chance to earn both high school and post-secondary credits for the same coursework.
“By partnering with post-secondary institutions and industry to offer a wide range of exciting and rewarding learning opportunities we’re preparing our students for success in the workforce. This program is instrumental in giving Alberta students hands-on real world experience in areas and jobs that interest them.”
To date, 26 dual credit opportunities have been approved for funding benefiting students with career interests ranging from welding and health care aide, to computing science and natural resources.
"Dual credit is giving me a chance to start my future while in high school. For example, with the Health Care Aid program, I'm learning from professional nurses who are helping me to get ready for post-secondary studies and to explore career options in the medical field. It's opening the door to a lot of exciting opportunities.”
The Alberta government is investing more than $11 million over three years in the Provincial Dual Credit Strategy, with $3.2 million going to schools, post-secondary institutions and businesses to deliver these initial opportunities. Additional opportunities will be approved for funding by June 2014.
Education Week (May 5-9) provides all Albertans with an opportunity to highlight the important role education plays in shaping the future of our province. The government is committed to seeing the vision of Inspiring Education become a reality and ensuring students enter the 21st century as engaged thinkers and ethical citizens with an entrepreneurial spirit.