Between 2008 and 2011, the Alberta government funded dual credit pilot projects while, at the same time, individual school jurisdictions and post-secondary institutions negotiated separate non-government funded dual credit agreements. Through these dual credit opportunities, high school students participated in apprenticeship training and/or post-secondary, college or university courses while earning both high school and post-secondary credits for the same course.
Partners providing dual credit opportunities expressed a need for a provincial dual credit strategy. In response, the Provincial Dual Credit Strategy was developed in 2013 as a call to action for school jurisdictions, post-secondary institutions, and business and industry to increase their efforts to provide dual credit opportunities for Alberta students.
Successful partnerships, 26 applications approved for funding
The Government of Alberta identified six priority initiatives, including Education and Entrepreneurship, as the cornerstones of a dynamic Alberta economy. The Provincial Dual Credit Strategy contributes to, and aligns with, the Premier’s mandate and creates more opportunities for students to earn credits in high school and post-secondary institutions at the same time, as well as opportunities for preferred placement (post-secondary course exemption) and workplace certification.
The Provincial Dual Credit Strategy assists school jurisdictions, post-secondary institutions, and business and industry or community partners in expanding or creating dual credit opportunities that:
- engage students in their learning through pathways that open their possible futures
- motivate students to finish high school
- inspire students to learn, work and live in the local community
- give students the confidence to transition from high school to post-secondary and/or the workplace
The application intake for the strategy is now complete. To date, 26 applications have been approved for funding. These successful partnerships will engage students in dual credit opportunities across the province in the following areas: agriculture, business and entrepreneurship, information technology, esthetics, natural resources and environmental science, oil and gas, tourism and hospitality, health care aide, athletic development and health sciences, 4th class power engineering, production field operator, cosmetology, and trades (e.g., carpentry, welding, electrical, and automotive).