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Dual Credit Program

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Last updated on Monday, November 16, 2015.

In Dual Credit Programs, participating students are able to experience and gain credit for college and/or apprenticeship courses while still enrolled in high school. Successful students will earn credit toward both the OSSD and a college diploma or certificate, or the OSSD and a Level 1 Apprenticeship. Dual Credit Programs must be approved and overseen by the School/College/Work Initiative, SCWI, through the Golden Horseshoe Regional Planning Team. See the website, http://goldenhorseshoescwi.wordpress.com, for more information about SCWI.

HWDSB students are able to participate in a variety of Dual Credit Programs at Mohawk College:

Mohawk Bridge

Mohawk Bridge students attend their home high school for up to two classes each morning or afternoon in the Mohawk Bridge semester. They attend Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus for the other half of the day taking two college General Education Courses, Active Citizenship and Society, Technology and Social Issues. These “Gen Ed” courses, taught by Mohawk professors, are the same as those offered to other Mohawk students.

Dual Credit teachers are high school teachers who support the Mohawk Bridge students while they attend their college classes. They counsel the students, offer tutorial assistance and share information between the high school and the college.

Mohawk Bridge students are part-time Mohawk students with all the rights and privileges of any other part-time Mohawk student.

If they are successful, Mohawk Bridge students will earn college credit towards a diploma or certificate for the Gen Ed courses on their college transcript and two optional credits towards the OSSD on their high school transcript.

Applications are encouraged from students who should consider college as a post-secondary destination but may be at-risk of not graduating or are unsure that they are ready for college. Applicants should have met the Literacy Requirement and be close to graduating. Successful completion of grade 12 college or university English is preferred.

Mohawk Tech Bridge

Mohawk Tech Bridge students attend their home high school for up to two classes each morning or afternoon in the Mohawk Tech Bridge semester. They attend Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus for the other half of the day taking two college courses, Semester 1 Computer Aided Design and Semester 1 Mathematics. These college courses, taught by Mohawk professors, are the same as those offered to other Mohawk students.

Dual Credit teachers are high school teachers who support the Mohawk Tech Bridge students while they attend their college classes. They counsel the students, offer tutorial assistance and share information between the high school and the college.

Mohawk Tech Bridge students are part-time Mohawk students with all the rights and privileges of any other part-time Mohawk student.

If they are successful, Mohawk Tech Bridge students will earn college credit towards a diploma or certificate for the college courses on their college transcript and two optional credits towards the OSSD on their high school transcript.

Applications are encouraged from students who should consider college technology programs as a post-secondary destination but may be at-risk of not graduating or are unsure that they are ready for college. Applicants should have met the Literacy Requirement and be close to graduating. Successful completion of grade 12 college or university English is preferred.

SHSM Level 1 CYW Apprenticeship Dual Credit

SHSM Level 1 CYW Apprenticeship Dual Credit students are signed apprentices in the Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major who attend Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus two days per week throughout the school year for the Apprenticeship Level 1 instruction. They attend their co-op work placements earning high school credits and hours towards their apprenticeship the rest of the week.

Dual Credit teachers support the SHSM Level 1 CYW Apprenticeship Dual Credit students while they attend their college classes. They counsel the students, offer tutorial assistance and share information between the high school and the college.

If they are successful, SHSM Level 1 CYW Apprenticeship Dual Credit students will earn credit for the in-school component of the Level 1 CYW Apprenticeship and two optional credits towards the OSSD on their high school transcript.

SHSM Level 1 ECE Apprenticeship Dual Credit

SHSM Level 1 ECE Apprenticeship Dual Credit students are signed apprentices Health and Wellness Specialist High Skills Major who attend Mohawk College’s Fennell Campus two days per week throughout the school year for the Apprenticeship Level 1 instruction. They attend their co-op work placements earning high school credits and hours towards their apprenticeship the rest of the week.

Dual Credit teachers support the SHSM Level 1 ECE Apprenticeship Dual Credit students while they attend their college classes. They counsel the students, offer tutorial assistance and share information between the high school and the college.

If they are successful, SHSM Level 1 ECE Apprenticeship Dual Credit students will earn credit for the in-school component of the Level 1 ECE Apprenticeship and two optional credits towards the OSSD on their high school transcript.

Building Careers: General Carpenter Level 1 OYAP

Building Careers: General Carpenter Level 1 OYAP students are signed apprentices who attend Mohawk College’s STARRT Institute (Saltfleet campus) for the last two months of Semester Two. They attend their home high school working on high school credits from February to April. They are team-taught the General Carpenter Level 1 apprenticeship curriculum by an apprenticeship instructor and the Grade 12 Construction Technology: Carpentry curriculum by a high school Tech Ed teacher during May and June.

Successful Building Careers: General Carpenter Level 1 OYAP students may earn direct entry into Term 2 of Mohawk’s Construction Engineering Technician diploma program. They would have to complete the Generic Computer Training course from Term 1 of the program on their own time.

Students may earn no more than four optional credits toward an OSSD for externally delivered courses like most of the Dual Credit Programs above and Conservatory of Music. All of the Dual Credit Programs above except for Building Careers are taught exclusively by college instructors and do not use Ministry of Education Secondary School Curriculum. Because students in the Building Careers dual credit program are team-taught the General Carpenter Level 1 apprenticeship curriculum by an apprenticeship instructor and the Grade 12 Construction Technology: Carpentry curriculum by a high school Tech Ed teacher, the dual credits are not considered to be “externally delivered” and so they are not affected by the limit of four.

In all cases, applications for dual credit programs will be only accepted if they are supported by the school Student Success team. Dual credit programs are intended for senior students who should consider college and/or apprenticeship training after high school but may be disengaged or at risk of not graduating. Dual credit programs that are linked to Specialist High Skill Major programs are available only to SHSM students. Dual credit apprenticeship programs are available only to signed OYAP apprentices.

Please see your guidance counsellor for more information.

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