Dual Credit Program Celebration with Algonquin College
Students, parents, Algonquin College staff, OCDSB staff and other local school board representatives gathered on Wednesday, June 6 for the fourth annual Dual Credit Celebration. The evening was a celebration for Dual Credit students in their graduating semester who are preparing to transition to college. This year’s group is the largest in the program’s history, growing from 15 students in 2006 to over 940 students in 2012.
Funded by the School/College/Work Initiative (SCWI), the Dual Credit program is a joint effort between the Ministry of Colleges, Training & Universities and the Ministry of Education. It allows high school students in Grade 11 or 12 to take a college course or level 1 apprenticeship and obtain both a college and high school credit.
"High School students and parents need to see college programs as providing valuable credentials and understand how colleges today differ from those in the past. The Dual Credit program is a great opportunity for high school students to get some career clarity, see what college life is all about, and build the confidence they need to know that they can go on to postsecondary studies. We are thrilled at the growth that this program has had over the last six years and continue to work with our school board partners to provide as many opportunities for students as possible at all three of our campuses," says Academic Partnerships Manager Kimya Keyhan.
The Dual Credit program helped Melissa Porter, a Grade 12 Gloucester High School student, plan her career path. She took Introduction to Baking and Pastry Arts and says, "It was awesome, but my favourite parts were learning about baking and being with the people I met. I am planning to take Baking and Pastry Arts at Algonquin, and my dream is to own a cupcake bakery someday."
A photo gallery from the event can be found at http://ow.ly/buQQB.