CALGARY, ALTA. – The Province of Alberta announced it will be providing more "predictable" and "sustainable" funding to its dual credit program that allows Grade 10, 11, or 12 students to earn both high school credits and credits that count towards a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, including a journeyperson certificate.
The province has promised more than $16 million in funding for the program.
Officials have also developed the Alberta Dual Credit Framework and the Dual Credit Implementation Guide which provide school authorities with more support and direction to expand the dual credit program across the province.
"Students who are engaged in their learning are more likely to stay in school," said David Eggen, education minister, in a press release.
According to the province, the data shows the program has a major impact on a student’s decision to stay in school. It also can help some students graduate post-secondary education with less debt.
Since 2013, about 10,000 students have enrolled in at least one dual credit course each year.
The province also noted that the program supports connections to the labour market through workplace experience and hands-on training.
"Getting involved in automotive technology while still in high school set me on a career path early on. This, combined with my involvement with Skills Canada competitions, has opened up many opportunities in my chosen field," said Northern Alberta Institute of Technology student Aaron Taves in a press release.
"This was a big boost for my career and has helped me advance quicker in my industry."