This document has been developed to provide high schools, school districts, employers and NorQuest College personnel with essential information about dual credit partnerships. Additional information sources are identified at the end of the document. A separate information page has been prepared for parents and students.
Dual credit educational experiences provide high school students with the opportunity to enrol in post-secondary courses and earn credits toward their high school diplomas as well as earning post-secondary credits for the same courses. Dual credit experiences are available to partnering high schools and are planned to fit with students’ high school programs and interests as well as their post-high school career and educational goals. The courses are offered by post-secondary institutions in cooperation with high schools. Employer partnerships are an important component of these collaborative partnerships.
Students gain the benefit of exploring career interests and specific occupations while earning high school and post-secondary credits. Some sequences of courses may lead to workplace credentials recognized by employers and industry associations.
Dual credit opportunities are designed to facilitate student engagement, retention, and high school completion. By participating in dual credit experiences students are encouraged to plan for their transition to work and post-secondary education. Dual credit enrolment is recognized as a part of a high school’s credit enrolment count.
By participating in dual credit projects, employers are able to play a proactive role in addressing local labor market needs. High school students gain an opportunity to become acquainted with employers and the requirements and rewards of individual occupations.
Dual credit offerings provide the college with an opportunity to forge partnerships with high schools and employers and increase enrolment in career programs. High school students gain exposure to NorQuest and its program offerings. Dual credit enrolment is recognized as a part of the college’s enrolment count. Dual credit is also an important component of the college’s regional stewardship mandate.
A variety of delivery options are possible. Courses can be offered on the high school campus. Students may attend classes at the college. Sometimes, high school students take courses with college students on campus or at a community learning center. Students from several high schools can be grouped together to form one class. Online and video conference delivery are other options. Several delivery modes can be used in any one dual credit project.
All partners—high schools, post-secondary institutions and employers—should ensure that dual credit offerings reflect local labour market opportunities.
To be involved in dual credit opportunities, both students and parents/guardians:
Schools are also responsible for providing information about dual credit opportunities to parents and students and assisting students with planning for dual credit experiences in relation to their high school programs and their post-high school career and educational planning.
Schools and school districts must ensure that all relevant Alberta Education policies are followed including those found in the Guide to Education: ECS to Grade 12 and the Off-campus Education Handbook. High schools are responsible for articulating post-secondary courses, reflecting course outcomes, in relation to the Career and Technology Studies curriculum. Schools report grades in these CTS courses to Alberta Education which awards high school credits.
Employer participation may take a variety of forms. The course or program requirements may include work or clinical experience on the employers’ worksite. Employers are encouraged to provide opportunities such as career exploration, mentoring, and job shadowing. Employers may provide training facilities and equipment and project funding. Some employers have provided part-time jobs to dual credit students, and some have offered bursaries for further study.
College personnel will work with high school and employer partners to identify appropriate course offerings responsive to student interests, local conditions, and resource availability. The college and the high school jointly plan for instructional delivery. NorQuest admits and enrolls students and establishes an academic record for each student. College instructors teach the courses. The college ensures that course offerings reflect its quality standards. NorQuest incorporates dual credit programming as a part of its regional stewardship mandate.
If NorQuest College does not offer the program or courses that a high school wishes to offer its students, the Dual Credit Coordinator at NorQuest College will assist high school personnel in identifying a Campus Alberta post-secondary institution that does offer the program or courses.
School district personnel should contact the NorQuest College Dual Credit Coordinator. Initial planning on the part of the high school and the district should include an assessment of student interests and an identification of possible employer partners.
Download a Memorandum of Understanding (66K pdf) which can be completed for your school district.
More information about dual credit opportunities can be found at:
Dual Credit Coordinator
If you are interested in dual credit programs for high school students, contact: