Dual credit courses provide grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to earn both college and high school credits at the same time. College credits earned may be applied to a college program after high school. Students can choose from a range of courses available across all GTA colleges. Dual Credit courses help students stay engaged while they are in high school while giving them a taste of college life. Connecting GTA Teachers helps support this initiative.
Dual Credit Courses are designed to assist students with completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). It gives them a unique opportunity to explore college programs within the college environment.
Dual Credit courses in the GTA are offered through six different Ontario colleges providing the student the experience of transitioning to college. The experience could earn them a credit towards their diploma and OSSD.
While students “test drive” college life, they receive free tuition, no cost textbooks, subsized transportation and they can also take advantage of all of the facilities available at the college, giving them the fullest experience.
Students are supported throughout the process, as well as learning from industry-experienced professors and interacting with other college students, dual credit students will have access to peer mentoring and advising.
Entry to dual credit programs is guided by the Student Success Team. Students may indicate their interest in the program on their course selection sheets, or they may be recommended for the program by school staff. Student Success teams then evaluate the suitability of those students based on the criteria below and any other criteria specific to the college program.
Dual credit programs are aimed at students who fall into one of the three following categories:
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