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Dual Credit


Through the Dual Credit Program high school students have the opportunity to earn up to 4 dual credits by taking part in apprenticeship training and college courses. Students enrolled in the program can earn both high school and college credits upon successful course completion.

Dual credit programs are linked to the
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).


The Dual Credit Program was introduced to meet a number of important goals that are critical to student success and achievement including:

- Introducing students to a variety of career options in a broad spectrum of industries.
- Getting a head start on a career in a field of interest.
- Helping students make appropriate career choices before they enter full-time post-secondary school.
- Assisting students in completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
- Experiencing a college environment.
- Easing the transition from high school to college.
- Acquiring skills that can be used over a lifetime.

Check out some great examples of students in their dual credit programs below!       



 Competition News


Battle of the Knives Competition


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This year's Battle of the Knives Competition saw nine teams, each composed of two culinary arts and one hotel-restaurant management student from Algonquin College, work together to prepare a themed three-course menu with key ingredients and decorate the tables to embellish the theme. One of the competitors was our very own grade 12 South Carleton student Amy Brown who won a silver medal and the People's Choice Award!

Amy is currently enrolled in a OYAP/Dual Credit program with a co-op at Brookstreet Hotel. She is going to school full time at Algonquin College, completing the entire first semester rather than one class. After graduating high school she will only need to attend one more semester at Algonquin for the Cook Apprentice program before graduating. In September she will be heading to England to work as a cook in a hotel on a one year contract.

To learn more about the Battle of the Knives Competition please check out the articles below:


*Photo credit to Algonquin College

 Program News


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.

Dual Credit Graduates Dual Credit Celebrations  

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


 Dual Credit Program Examples



Hospitality & Tourism

Music Industry





Amber is taking ENL1813 right now, and she's in the Introduction to Baking and Pastry course at the same time. Her co-op placement is at Canterbury's cafeteria.

Patrick finished ENL1813 first semester, and he is also taking the first year Music Industry course this semester. His co-op is at Long and McQuaid music store. 

Kevin - OYAP Level 1 Electrician/Dual Credit Student (Bell High School Student). Learn more about Kevin's Pathway by watching a short video clip on YouTube!







To find out more about Dual Credit programs with Algonquin College visit the PASS website.

- Dual Credit Fact Sheet (English)
- Dual Credit Fact Sheet (French)
- Algonquin College Dual Credit Program (Video)
- School - College - Work Initiative (Videos)

For more information, please contact your guidance counsellor, co-op teacher or call Megan Fox at 613-596-8211, ext. 8697.