For Parents

By , May 2, 2009

How can a Dual Credit Program help my teen?
Does my teen:

  • Learn best by doing?
  • Want to know how or why things work?
  • Like working with his/her hands?
  • Take great pride in his/her work?
  • Like the challenge of adapting to technology?
  • Prefer not to work in an office environment?
  • Like learning directly from people who have mastered the skills he/she wants to acquire?
  • Enjoy solving problems?
  • Like to work independently?

How does it work?

Students normally enter a dual credit program at the beginning of Grade 11 or 12, spend one to two years enrolled in the trades, technology or university arts & science pathway and graduate with:

  • A high school diploma
  • Up to Level 2 trades technical training
  • Work experience
  • Enhanced employability skills
  • It’s a definite advantage for students to combine a Secondary School Apprenticeship with their program – enabling them to earn credits, apprenticeship time, and money all while still in high school!
  • Agreements between program partners enable students to receive “dual credits” – both high school and college credits – and begin college programs while still in high school
  • Credits can be accumulated through courses taken at the high school, on college campus or, in some cases, even on industry training sites
  • Students participating in dual credit programs will have their courses and grades recorded in the college student record system and at their high school
  • Students who continue with their college program after graduation will have courses credited towards their chosen program of study as appropriate
  • Most programs require students to attend post-secondary programs for one or two semesters.
  • Doors are open to many possibilities.

Contact your high school counselor to find out about a program that will meet your teen’s needs. Also, collect information about accessing programs in other communities. Inquire if transportation and student residences are available.

What are the costs?

If your teen is currently a high school student, tuition fees are paid by the school district.

Programs may have associated costs and fees for textbooks, personal safety gear, materials, and safety certification.

What will my son or daughter’s schedule look like?

BC’s Education Plan

 

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