Learn how high school students can earn credit towards their diploma and post-secondary studies
Start Career Training in High School
Many Alberta high school students use dual credit programs to start training for a career before they graduate.
Dual Credit Programs
Dual credit programs help you start building your career while you’re in high school, by giving you an opportunity to earn post-secondary credit at the same time. You don’t need to wait to graduate to start working towards apprenticeship training, or college or university courses.
When you take a dual credit program, you’re also getting a:
Head start on your post-secondary learning – your post-secondary institution may exemptyou from certain first-year courses because you’ll have already taken them in high school, such as if you’re in a first-period apprenticeship or in a child development assistant program
Workplace certification while you’re in high school –some high school programs, such as Career and Technology Studies, help you earn a workplace certification, like becoming a medical first responder or an Adobe Certified Expert
How you take your dual credit program depends on whether or not on-the-job training is required (which often means you’d need to be on a work site). Depending on the program, students take classes in a number of different ways:
On a post-secondary campus, with post-secondary students
On a post-secondary campus, with other high school students
At their high school
On a work site
Types of Dual Credit Opportunities
Dual credit programs are offered in a number of different ways.
1-year certificate program, completed on the regular post-secondary schedule (attending high school while you also complete your certificate)
First-period apprenticeship program
Participation in a regular post-secondary course (you can sample post-secondary courses to see if they interest you enough to continue)
Courses created specifically for you and run as a cohort of high school students and community members
Online dual credit opportunities available through eCampus Alberta and other post-secondary institutions
Talk to your high school guidance counselor to see if dual credit opportunities are available at your school, or to discuss other career preparation opportunities that may be available to you. You can also look up dual credit opportunities on the program’s website.