Red Deer Catholic awarded $50,000 grant for new dual-credit program

The government of Alberta has awarded Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools a $50,000 grant for a new dual-credit program for high school students.

The division will launch a natural resources and environmental studies dual-credit program for the 2020-21 school year, with the partnership of a post-secondary institution in Alberta.

“We chose to begin dual-credit development opportunities in natural and environmental studies because we feel this will benefit many of our students. It is predictably one of the fastest growing areas in our marketplace,” said Tracey Millar, dual-credit lead teacher.

These programs allow Grade 10 to 12 students to take a post-secondary course, or a series of courses, and earn both high school credits, as well as college/university credentials.

This type of programming goes beyond career technology services, which already exists in high school.

Dave Khatib, the school division’s associate superintendent of inclusive learning, said dual-credit programming gives students “an advancement in their future area of studies or work, which in turn, makes high school more rewarding.

“Students who have taken advantage of dual-credit opportunities have found immediate success as they leave high school and enter into either the workforce or to further their studies at a post-secondary institution,” said Khatib.

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