The Alberta government is investing more than $11 million over three years in the Provincial Dual Credit Strategy, which will allow more students to access dual credit opportunities.
“We want more students to have the option to pursue their passions and future career goals. The dual credit strategy gives students a leg up as they prepare to jump into the workforce and help us keep growing the economy,” said Premier Alison Redford. “By investing in our students now, we’re building Alberta for the future.”
The new funding will support schools, post-secondary institutions and businesses as they partner to deliver opportunities for students to earn both high school and post-secondary credits for the same course. These credits could also lead to workplace certification or advanced standing in post-secondary programs. Current dual credit opportunities are offered in areas ranging from welding and culinary arts to pre-engineering and health sciences.
The initiative will serve as a catalyst for schools, publicly funded post-secondary institutions, and businesses to grow and expand dual credit opportunities across the province.
“Becoming involved in a dual credit opportunity has helped me find my passion. This year, I’ll graduate with advanced standing in my apprenticeship program, the beginning of my future career,” said Mikhaila Currie, a student at St. Joseph High School and a Skills Alberta regional gold medalist in welding. “My hope is that industry will look seriously at how our training in high school has prepared us and made us knowledgeable in our chosen fields.”
Applications for funding under the Provincial Dual Credit Strategy can be made online. Partnership applications will be reviewed by a steering committee of representatives from school authorities, post-secondary institutions, and business and industry, with the College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS) as a key partner in this process.
Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.
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