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Dual Credit

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.

  • Credential
    • 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.

For instance:

  • 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
    • Carpenter
    • Granite Fabricator Installer
    • Landscaper
  • 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


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)

Summer School

  • 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

AccessAbility Services

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 (

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.

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