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.
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.
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.