Lakeland’s dual credit programming grows year-to-year

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March 16, 2015
The number of Alberta high school students enrolled in Lakeland College’s dual credit courses is on the rise.
This year’s winter intake of dual credit students totals 189 marking a significant increase compared to the 2014 winter term, which had 95 high school students registered.
“It’s awesome because high school students are able to start their college education early and the biggest advantage to them is that they get to find out if this is something that they want to do,” says Janice Aughey, dual credit project coordinator. “For Lakeland, it’s a way for us to showcase our programs and to allow students an opportunity to understand what learning at the college level is all about.”

The number of dual credit courses Lakeland offers this year has also increased. High school students can register for the following four new courses: introduction to soil and science, health care aide, power engineering and the French language delivery of play. The other dual credit courses available to students this term include two human services classes – play and exploring exceptionalities – as well as introduction to esthetics, environmental sustainability and introduction to heavy oil and gas, which is the most popular with 65 students currently enrolled. 

In addition to the 189 students in grades 10 to 12 who are Living the Learning through the dual credit program, there are also eight high school students in the Buffalo Trail Public School Division who started a pre-employment carpentry dual credit program in September.

“For high school students these dual credit courses are something that is different from their usual courses,” says Aughey. “It gives them a chance to determine if this is what they want to do for their career.”

High school students who complete post-secondary courses through Lakeland’s dual credit program earn both high school credits and credits from Lakeland. High school graduates who’ve completed a dual credit course and enrol at Lakeland will not only have a reduced course load during their first year of studies, but a boost in confidence, according to Aughey.

“A lot of high school students might be undecided or wary of transitioning to college because they think they can’t be successful,” she says. “Our dual credit program shows them that they can succeed academically in a post-secondary environment. We have had a lot of success with that and will continue to with the growing interest in our dual credit program.”

Twenty percent of high school students who took dual credit courses are now enrolled in a Lakeland program. Lakeland’s dual credit program initially began as a joint project with East Central Alberta Catholic Schools in 2010. Three students were enrolled in the program’s first year. Since then, Lakeland’s dual credit program has grown and is available at 13 different school divisions. 

There are two intakes each school year for the dual credit program: one in September and one in February. Depending on the course, high school students participate in the dual-credit program through live online classes, pre-recorded lectures or a combination thereof. Students don't pay tuition or fees, or for textbooks. Dual credit courses are available to any school division.  

March 16, 2015