ALBERTA EDUCATION DUAL CREDIT STRATEGY AND GPPSD
Grande Prairie Public School District is excited to be an active partner in a number of dual credit opportunities for our high school students. These allow students to take courses that, upon successful completion, provide both high school credits and post-secondary credits for the same course.
There are a limited number of spaces available for students therefore we suggest having early discussions with the school to determine if this is a good learning pathway for your students. You can access the Dual Credit website at:http://www.albertadualcredit.ca/
The Government of Alberta is working in partnership with schools, communities, post-secondary institutions and industry to offer a wide range of exciting and rewarding learning opportunities for students. The Provincial Dual Credit Strategy creates more opportunities for students to earn credits in high school and post-secondary institutions at the same time, as well as opportunities for preferred placement (post-secondary course exemption) and workplace certification.
The Provincial Dual Credit Strategy assists school jurisdictions, post-secondary institutions, and business and industry or community partners in expanding or creating dual credit opportunities that:
engage students in their learning through pathways that open their possible futures
motivate students to finish high school
inspire students to learn, work and live in the local community
give students the confidence to transition from high school to post-secondary and/or the workplace
(Alberta Education Website)
GPPSD AND GRANDE PRAIRIE REGIONAL COLLEGE
The Grande Prairie Public School District is working with the Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) to provide dual credit opportunities for students (students can earn credit in both a high school class(es) and university transfer courses). GPRC is in the process of adding new courses in dual credit for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Currently students have access to courses in office administration, medical terminology, petroleum terminology, psychology, sociology and parts and materials.
GPPSD AND CAREERS: THE NEXT GENERATION
CAREERS: The Next Generation has partnered with GPPSD to offer Water and Wastewater Operations (WWO), Oil and Gas Production Operations (OGPO) and Power Engineering. These two year programs will allow students to engage in real career based education that will provide them with, not only their high school programming but also post-secondary certification. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is the partner for the WWO and OGPO programs and Northern Lakes College for Power Engineering.
The district will set a maximum number of spots open for dual credit for the 2015-2016 school year. Students are required to be enrolled as a full time student with GPPSD and pay a $300 caution fee that will be refunded upon successful course completion.