The Dual Credit program is a School/College/Work Initiative (SCWI) that is offered by Cambrian College in partnership with the Rainbow District School Board and the Sudbury Catholic District School Board. The Dual Credit program is intended to encourage secondary school students to complete their secondary school education and to consider continuing on to postsecondary education; the program provides opportunities to explore career prospects; and it ensures a successful transition to College and apprenticeship programs.
What is the Dual Credit Program?
The Dual Credit program provides secondary school students with an opportunity to earn a number of credits by participating in apprenticeship training and postsecondary courses that count towards both their secondary school diploma and their postsecondary diploma or apprenticeship certification.
Who is it for?
The Dual Credit program is for eligible* students who will be heading to a postsecondary institution, an apprenticeship or the workplace after graduation.
* To be eligible for a Dual Credit program, students should be working towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
Dual Credits are a great choice for students who are:
- At Risk of not graduating (OSSD) or
- Enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) or
- Enrolled in an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) or
- Out of school, under 21, but close to completing their OSSD
Goals of the Dual Credit Program
- To encourage students to complete their secondary school education and to consider postsecondary education as their next step.
- To introduce students to a variety of career options within various sectors.
- To help students make appropriate career choices and choose educational pathways before they enter a postsecondary institution.
- To expose students to an adult learning model and new learning environments.
- To ease the transition from secondary school to College.
- To provide students with opportunities to learn skills that can be used throughout their life.
What are the benefits of dual credit learning opportunities?
The unique advantage of dual credit programs is their ability to provide new and varied learning opportunities to students by providing real-world applications to help them achieve their potential.
Dual credit courses also engage students through exposure to the college setting and culture, provide more student choice, and ensure a smooth transition pathway from secondary to postsecondary education. Evidence has shown that dual credit programs increase the likelihood of graduation success and reduce dropout rates.
Dual Credits let students “try on” college courses while still in secondary school and at no cost to them.
Is a Dual Credit right for me?
College courses are both interesting and challenging. You will learn a great deal, but you will also be expected to work hard. The grades you earn in a dual credit course will become part of your permanent secondary school record and your college record.
If you are interested in earning both secondary and college credits; if you feel like you don’t fit into the secondary school system; if you are looking for a way to save money on your educational costs; if you want to learn new skills that can be used over a lifetime; if you want to get a head start to a college career; if you are returning to secondary school and are looking for an adult learning environment; if you plan to attend college after graduation and you want to ease your transition to college, then you should consider registering in a dual credit program.
Secondary School Student
If you are a secondary school student and answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you should consider enrolling in a Dual Credit program at Cambrian College.
- Would you like to earn dual secondary school and Cambrian College credits?
- Would you like to ease your transition from secondary school to College?
- Would you like to learn more about the College environment and get a head start on a career in a related field?
- Would you like to learn skills that can be used throughout your life?
- Would you like to explore your career opportunities?
- Would you like to learn in an adult learning environment?
- Would you like to participate in a number of Cambrian College events as a college student?
- Would you like to learn skills that can help you obtain part-time or summer employment?
Parent/Guardian of a High School Student
If you are a parent/guardian of a secondary school student and answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you should encourage your son or daughter to enrol in a Dual Credit program at Cambrian College.
- Would you like a greater awareness of Cambrian College programs as cost-effective pathways to careers for your son or daughter?
- Would you like your son or daughter to “try out” a College program?
- Would you like your son or daughter to be more engaged in his or her secondary school education?
- Would you like your son or daughter to learn skills that can be applied to obtain part-time or summer employment?
Secondary School Staff Member
If you are a student success teacher or guidance counsellor in a secondary school and answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you should encourage your students to enrol in a Dual Credit program at Cambrian College.
- Would you like to see improved secondary school retention and graduation rates?
- Would you like to make it easier for your students to make the transition from secondary school to College?
- Would you like to encourage successful pathways for students who otherwise would not likely attend a postsecondary institution?
- Would you like your students to be better prepared for admission to College and more likely to succeed in a College program?
- Would you like to be a part of this collaborative relationship between the school boards and Cambrian College?
If you are a student and want to register for a Dual Credit or want more information:
Speak to your guidance counsellor, student success teacher or the appropriate contact person listed below.
Rainbow District School Board
Program Coordinator, Learning to 18
Phone: 705-523-3308, ext. 8205
Sudbury Catholic District School Board
College Dual Credit Link Teacher,
Phone: 705-566-9605, ext. 260
Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology
Dual Credit Student Success Coordinator,
Phone: 705-566-8101, ext. 7646