Who it's designed for

Students wishing to get a head start on their career path by taking TUITION FREE post secondary courses while still registered in High School.  Meet with your career facilitator to get started.

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Dual Credit Program

The Dual Credit program gives students an opportunity to take post-secondary courses tuition free! These courses and programs are offered through our partnership with both Vancouver Island University and Camosun College. You’ll be a College / University student while you’re still working on completing high school. Dual Credit opportunities are available in trades, technology, health & human services, business, sport & exercise and arts & science. In many programs, our post secondary partners (VIU & Camosun College) reserves seats especially for our dual credit students.

How to Apply for the Dual Credit Program

  • The first step is to meet with your Career Facilitator for an informational interview
  • An Application form and Career Transition Plan must be filled out in your grade 11 or 12 year
  • All dual credit applications must be approved by the school Career Counselor and the school district Career Department
  • Some programs require an interview with the school district Career Coordinator and/or District Principal
  • Once approved, the school district may agree to pay for all courses within a career path or a select few depending on the program area and/or duration.
  • **Only courses / programs on a specific career path will be considered for sponsorship.

Program Details Eligibility FAQs Programs Partnerships

Plan Ahead!
Reserved Dual Credit seats fill up quickly, and admission into programs usually includes an interview process as well, so don’t leave this to the last minute. A great time to start asking questions is while you’re in grade 10 or 11, so you can be ready to take advantage of these Dual Credit opportunities when you’re in grade 12. It might even be possible to get started while you’re in grade 10 or 11, so talk to your high school counsellor!

Dual Credit courses and programs allow motivated secondary school students the opportunity to begin career training in trades, technical programs and first year university courses prior to graduation. Students who participate in this early entry receive credit towards their Grade 12 graduation requirements as well as University or College credit.

Who is Eligible to Participate

  • Students who are school age (15-18 years of age as of July 1st of the current school year) and enrolled in a District Secondary school or DL Program
  • Some programs require a formal application and interview process through the school counselor or career facilitator.
  • Students enrolling in academic courses require a recommendation from counselors or school administration.
  • For any students applying to a dual credit course(s) or program that commences after graduation, whenever possible there is a requirement that they start their transition plan prior to graduation – Ie. by taking a dual credit course in their grade 12 year.  We do understand that in some circumstances this can be difficult / impossible due to courses being unavailable either at the Cowichan Campus or during a time that fits within the students high school time table.

What is Dual Credit?
Post-secondary level courses that allow students in Grade 11 and 12 to simultaneously gain high school graduation and post-secondary credits. Post-secondary credits count towards a future credential such as a certificate, diploma or degree. The Ministry of Education funds tuition, as courses are eligible for graduation credit.

Is this Program Free?
School District 79 covers tuition & registration fees for these courses. Students are responsible for books, materials, clothing, student & activity fees, and any other costs associated with the course or program.

Can Secondary School Grads Use this Program?
At this time, it is unclear whether Dual Credit opportunities will continue to be offered to high school grads who are under 19. Discussions are underway. Please keep in touch with your high school counselor for any updates.

When do I do the courses?
You can choose to take one or more courses offered in the evening, after school, or a full-time program that runs in parallel to your school timetable.

What are the ADVANTAGES?
FREE tuition and the opportunity to get started on your career path.

Who Qualifies?
Must be a School District 79 student aged 19 and under as of July 1st of the current school year.

How Do I Learn More?
Check with your secondary school Career Counselor regarding TUITION-FREE dual credit courses.

Academic University Courses
(This is a sample of the potential programs)

All sponsorable courses must be on a specific career path such as:

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Criminology
  • Early Learning and Child Care
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Social Work
  • Technology

Trades and Technical Training Programs

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Community Support and Educational Assistant
  • Computer Network Electronics Technician
  • Electrical
  • Hairdressing
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Heating, Ventilation and AIr Conditioning
  • Heavy Duty Mechanic
  • Horticulture
  • Metal Fabrication and Sheet Metal
  • Plumbing and Piping
  • Professional Cook
  • Trades Awareness Skills and Knowledge (TASK)
  • Welding
  • **Note: there may be programs that qualify for sponsorship that are not identified on this list
  • Speak to your Career Counselor today to learn about your options.

Vancouver Island University

VIU Certificates (most qualify for sponsorship)

VIU Diplomas (only those on a specific career path qualify for partial sponsorship)

VIU Degrees (only those on a specific career path qualify for partial sponsorship)

Camosun College

Check Dual Credit website at Camosun for opportunities.  Most courses and programs qualify for sponsorship.