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Dual Credits

Dual Credits

What are dual credit programs?

Dual credit programs are ministry-approved programs that allow students, while they are still in secondary school, to take college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or an apprenticeship certification.

How do dual credit programs benefit students?

Participating in dual credit programs enables students to:

  • Complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
  • Have an experience that will help them make a successful transition to college or an apprenticeship program.
  • Increase their awareness of the various college and apprenticeship pathways available to them.
  • Gain greater insight into education and career planning decisions.

Who supports and supervises students taking dual credit courses?

A secondary school teacher team-teaches the dual credit course with a college instructor - the student receives support and supervision from both the secondary school teacher and college instructor. Students also have access to a variety of college supports and services. At present, a variety of courses are offered as listed:

  • Fort Frances High School - PAD3O Outdoor Ed, PAD4O Outdoor Ed, PAF3O Personal Fitness, TWJ4E Woodworking
  • Rainy River High School - TCJ4E Construction, PAD3O Outdoor Ed, HFC3M Food and Culture, NDW4M Issues of Indigenous Peoples
  • Atikokan High School - CGR4MIDC4O Environment and Resource Management/Interdisciplinary Studies, CGG3O Travel and Tourism, TFJ3C Hospitality and Tourism

Dual Credits are a great choice for students who are:

  • At Risk of not graduating (OSSD) or
  • Unsure of pathway after graduation or career planning or
  • Enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) or
  • Enrolled in an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) or
  • Out of school, between the ages of 17-21, and need to complete their OSSD (SWAC Program)

Where do I find out more?

For more information on local dual credit programs, contact your school principal or the Student Success Leader at your school board. Information can also be found at:


FFHS-Dual Credit in Personal Fitness FFHS-Dual Credit in Outdoor Activities
Personal Fitness Outdoor
RRHS-Dual Credit in Construction RRHS - Dual Credit in Food & Culture
Construction Food & Culture
AHS - Dual Credit in Hospitality & Tourism AHS - Dual Credit in Outdoor Activities
Hospitality and Tourism Outdoor Activities

Student comment regarding dual credit program
"The Travel and Tourism taught the basics of what was required to enter a field in that area. We learned things like the different types of tourism and how to plan a trip properly. It would be an extremely helpful course to someone who intends to go into Tourism, but it is beneficial for someone who is just going to college. Having afoot in the door for tourism or simply co-op in general as it could serve as an elective. It serves as a stepping stone to the future that each student wants."

School Within A College (SWAC)

The SWAC program is a School College Work Initiative that is offered by Confederation College in partnership with the Rainy River District School Board. The program supports individuals in completing high school and considering postsecondary education.

Students can take SWAC courses with an opportunity to earn credits that count toward both a secondary school and a college diploma or certificate. SWAC courses let students "experience" college courses on a college campus, while achieving credits towards a high school diploma.

2014 - 2015 SWAC data:

  • 5 graduates
  • 32 Secondary Dual Credits Earned
  • 32 College Courses Earned
  • 25 Secondary Compulsory Earned

For more information, please contact your local high school and visit the links below:


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