What is the SCWI/Dual Credit Program?
The School College Work Initiative (SCWI) at Loyalist College offers a variety of dual credit courses for students who may be at risk of not graduating high school. Supported by secondary school teachers and College professors, students can work toward completing both a college credit and a high school credit at the same time.
High School and College Credit
- Start Date
September and February
Is it the career for you?
Dual credits are a great way for high school students to find out about the various careers that are linked to their areas of interest.
- Participating in an Automotive dual credit can provide students with a sense of what to expect if they are considering a career in the Motive Power industry. Loyalist’s programs prepare our post-secondary students for careers that could range from working in a dealership or service repair shop, to warranty claim processing and insurance appraisal.
- The Construction dual credit is popular among students who enjoy working with their hands; have an interest in seeing a project through from the early stages to finished product; or like the idea of being self-employed. Loyalist College graduates of the Carpentry and Renovation programs include:
- Construction Framer
- Chief Estimator
- Granite Fabricator Installer
- A Culinary dual credit is a great way for students with a passion for food to find out about the broad range of career opportunities available in the Culinary industry while learning to prepare delicious food in a hands-on environment. Many graduates of the Culinary Skills and Culinary Management programs at Loyalist College have careers as cooks and bakers at prestigious establishments across Canada and around the world.
- The Early Childhood Education program can open the door to a number of fulfilling careers. It’s not just about loving children (which is very important!), this is a career that is well-suited to people who are patient and compassionate and who have a creative approach to problem-solving. Students who think this career path may be a good one, should consider the Early Childhood Education dual credit. Our graduates work in:
- Full-day kindergarten programs
- Childcare centres
- Resource centres
Find out about the careers Loyalist College graduates are enjoying by reviewing the individual descriptions listed in the Programs & Courses section of our website.
Advantages of taking a Dual Credit course
Dual Credit courses provide students with a chance to explore available post-secondary and future career options in specific areas of interest. They also increase a student’s chance of making a successful transition to the post-secondary environment.
Dual Credit students are registered as Loyalist College students and are able to take advantage of all the supports offered to full-time Loyalist students. Each registered student is provided with a college I.D. number and student card. Access to the College’s Blackboard system, the Parrott Centre Library, Indigenous Resource Centre and Student Success services is available to all Dual Credit students. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be mailed an official College transcript.
Senior students attending schools in the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic, Hastings and Prince Edward, and Limestone district school boards are eligible to participate.
To find out more, explore the information provided in each of the tabs, and talk with your teachers or guidance counsellor about eligibility requirements.
Students in the Kawartha Pine Ridge, Durham Catholic, and the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic district school boards can find information about dual credits at earndualcredits.ca.
Hands-on learning delivered by a College professor
Dual Credit courses are delivered a number of different ways. Loyalist College offers the following delivery methods:
Congregated Dual Credits
- Delivered at Loyalist’s main campus
- Class consists of students from various local area high schools
- Taught by a College professor/instructor
- Students travel to the College one morning or afternoon per week to attend class (usually 9 am to noon or 12:30 to 3:30 pm)
- Free transportation is arranged by school board
- Small class sizes of 14 – 20 students
- Learn in Loyalist shops and labs
- High school reps are on campus
Team Taught Dual Credits
- Delivered at the high school
- Entire class of students participates
- Course is “team” taught by the secondary school teacher and a Loyalist professor/instructor
- Students travel to Loyalist campus for two full-day classes held in the College’s shops or labs (transportation and lunch provided)
- Delivered at Loyalist’s main campus
- Class consists of students from various local area high schools
- Taught by a College professor/instructor
- Classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m., including time for lunch and breaks
Students with IEPs are encouraged to register with Loyalist’s Student Services if they would like to take advantage of academic supports and accommodations that may increase their chances for success. For more information about the services, or help in applying, contact Edina Cappuccitti at Loyalist College (email@example.com).
Indigenous Resource Centre
The Indigenous Resource Centre offers study space, including computers, printer, Internet and email. Open to the entire College community, the Indigenous Resource Centre was established to help our Indigenous students make the adjustment to the College environment.
Target population by priority:
- senior students who did not successfully achieve a credit within the past 2 years
- grade 12 students who require 1 or 2 credits to graduate, and early leavers
- grade 11 students who are at risk or under-credited
- other senior students who wish to reach ahead and explore a program that they are interested in pursuing
- students who have the ability to succeed at the college level
This course introduces students to aspects of personal finance that will be useful over their entire lives, including the creation of a lifetime financial plan. Students will explore basic principles, vocabulary, concepts, and resources that will empower their personal financial decisions. Students will learn to recognize their personal financial goals and values, and how they may change throughout their various life and career stages.
A portfolio for lifelong learning has many benefits, such as better adaptation to change and improved opportunities for employment and personal enrichment. This course will introduce learners to reflective practices as they relate to portfolio development and lifelong, life-wide learning. Learners will also develop an understanding of the various types of portfolios, their uses and the process for developing them.
Students will investigate how media engages with and impacts children. Students will explore early-age brand awareness and discuss the ethics of marketing and promoting consumerism to children. Throughout this course students will gain an awareness of how media has been influencing them from an early age.
This course will explore the technical applications behind game development. From virtual reality to motion capture, students will gain fundamental knowledge about the technical development behind games in entertainment, education, architecture, military and various other disciplines. Students will be introduced to game-based learning, the principles of effective game design, and methods for evaluating and assessing different game genres.
This course provides students with the opportunity to learn and experience the key critical success factors related to employer expectations for successful workplace attitude and behaviour. Based on extensive workplace and employer research, students are able not only understand but to practice the key elements of human inter-relational skills. The changing workplace demands employees who can demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skill, ability, attitude and behaviour that contributes to personal and professional workplace success.
This course is an introduction to the laws and regulations that govern construction within Ontario. Students examine the Building Code Act and the Ontario Building Code. Emphasis is given to examining typical construction methods/standards of construction and how the code governs and shapes these practices. Part 9 of the Ontario Building Code is a major focus with particular attention to site work, footings, foundations, main floor systems and stairs. The roles and responsibilities of architectural and construction professionals are stressed and examined through the Building Code Act.
This foundation course introduces the field of early childhood development in Canada and the historical perspectives that have led to joining education and childcare into early learning and care programs striving to offer seamless experiences for children from birth to age six. The policies and legislation that shape the range of models, services and settings are explored, along with evidence-based practices in regard to quality of service delivery. The opportunities and challenges for the early childhood workforce and for the individual's professional growth are established as themes that will be further investigated in later courses.
Identify personal value systems and describe how they impact interpersonal communication in dyads and group settings. Examine communication styles that influence interpersonal communication and appropriate self-disclosure appropriate for spa settings. Employ effective interpersonal, verbal and non-verbal communication skills when interacting with clients and coworkers. Develop effective communication skills and problem-solving strategies to respond to customer service complaints in the Spa.
(application deadline is February 16, 2021)
*Courses subject to change.
Student for a Day
Making a decision about what you want to pursue can be difficult, especially if you’re interested in more than one area of study. Perhaps you’re wondering what it would be like to come to Loyalist for your chosen program of study. If that’s the case for you, we invite you to be a Loyalist “Student for a Day.”
The Student for a Day program allows high school students to attend in-session program courses along with our post-secondary students. You can attend as many different sessions, in as many different programs, as you like. If you’re ready to try out College, visit Student for a Day to find out how to make it happen.
Costs to participate in a Dual Credit course
There are no costs to the student! Funding for Dual Credit courses is provided by the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Colleges and Universities. This funding covers all costs, including transportation to and from the College for all congregated courses.
Dual Credit Bursary
$1,000 BURSARY OPPORTUNITY
Loyalist College Dual Credit Bursary
Available to secondary students who have successfully completed a Dual Credit course/OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) program at Loyalist College and are planning to attend any full-time program at Loyalist College.
To be eligible, students must complete the following:
- Complete a 500-word essay on his/her Dual Credit experience, and how it impacted his/her post-secondary pathway;
- Must provide a copy of the Dual Credit/OYAP transcript;
- Students must demonstrate financial need.
Completing the online application form is easy! Visit myloyalist.com and click the Awards Bursaries Scholarships button.
Deadline: September 2019. Successful applicants will be notified via email by mid-October.
For more information, please contact:
(613) 969 – 1913 ext. 2202
Our programs are mostly for Grade 11 or 12 students from the following school boards:
- Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic
- Hastings and Prince Edward
- Limestone District (limited courses due to availability of dual credits at St. Lawrence College)
Information about Dual Credits programs Loyalist offers for the following school boards is available at earndualcredits.ca:
- Kawartha Pine Ridge
- Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic
- Durham Catholic
All applications must be submitted in the presence of the high school guidance counsellor. Schedule an appointment with your school counsellor to complete your application.
Q: How many dual credits can a student take?
A: Students are allowed to have up to four College-delivered dual credits appear on their transcript. Students may have an unlimited number of team-taught dual credits on their transcript. For more information on the types of dual credits, please see the “How You’ll Learn” tab.
Q: What does it cost to take a dual credit?
A: Students are not required to pay fees or transportation costs for most dual credit courses. Dual credits delivered through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) may involve some costs to students for personal safety equipment. Guidance department staff or OYAP coordinators can answer questions about personal safety equipment costs.
Note: Loyalist College does not currently run OYAP programs.
Q: How long is a dual credit?
A: College course hours vary. Dual credits are usually delivered once or twice per week within the normal high school timetable. Travel time and required field trips may impact other secondary school courses in certain cases.
Q: How do students get to a dual credit that takes place at the College?
A: Travel to the College will vary depending on where, when and how the Dual Credit program is delivered. Information will be provided to students before the program begins. Transportation costs for buses or taxis are covered by the SCWI program.
Q: Where are dual credit records stored?
A: Students will see a record of their dual credit on their Ontario Secondary School Transcript and/or on their College transcript. Loyalist College Dual Credit students are mailed an official College transcript upon completion of their Dual Credit courses. Loyalist also provides an unofficial transcript to each school board for distribution to secondary school Guidance departments for filing in the student OSR.
Q: How will a dual credit help a student be successful at college?
A: Students who complete dual credits are often better prepared for post-secondary work. They are also able to build their admissions portfolios and, in most cases, can apply credits to certificate or diploma requirements. Gaining confidence in their ability to complete post-secondary work is a valuable part of the program. See dual credit testimonials under our “Student Work” tab.
Q: Do students receive the same academic support they receive at high school?
A: Yes—every dual credit program has a College instructor and a secondary school teacher assigned to support student learning. It is important that students with formal testing or an identified learning need, make their dual credit and College teachers aware so that additional support can be provided.
Q: What to do if a student will be absent?
A: A student who will be absent must contact the secondary school following the normal absence procedures. In most cases, the College instructor would also like to be notified. Frequent absences will put the successful completion of the credit in jeopardy.
Q: What academic rules apply in a dual credit?
A: College academic expectations apply to all dual credit courses. These are shared with students at the beginning of each course.
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