As a high school student, you have the opportunity to take a college course and earn credits in high school and at the post-secondary institution at the same time. You can experience college courses, teaching styles and learning environments while continuing to receive support from your high school Guidance Counsellor and your parents.
Why dual credit?
Participating in dual credit enables you to make progress toward a college program before finishing high school or to prepare for the workforce once you complete high school. Dual credit can help you determine what program to apply for in college by finding areas of study you’re interested in or ruling out areas in which you thought you were interested. Research indicates a number of benefits from being involved in dual credit programs, including increases in student attendance, student engagement and achievement, and career and life goal setting.
What are the courses being offered, and how are they delivered?
Dual credit is available for:
- University Transfer courses
- Certificate and Diploma programs
- Continuing Education safety courses.
GPRC dual credit courses are available in person, through video conference at GPRC Learning Centres and potentially your school, as well as online. Currently, dual credit opportunities are available in many different programs but, dual credit is not possible in all College courses and programs. A complete list of courses is available below, as well as a list of courses available for upcoming semesters. Your school’s Guidance Counsellor will have details about courses and programs as well.
Schedules are subject to change. To check schedules and availability, click on this link and search the Course Code.
Who is eligible for dual credit?
Generally, students in grades 11 and 12 are able to apply for dual credit courses. Your school’s Guidance Counsellor will assist you to determine if you’re eligible and if there is a dual credit course or program that fits your interests and schedule. Courses have different prerequisites that must be considered when selecting which course(s) to apply for. You may contact GPRC’s Dual Credit Coordinator, 780.539.2217, for assistance as well.
What does it cost to enrol?
Each School District will address costs independently, please see your Guidance Counsellor for the particulars of your school. You can expect to pay the one-time $70 application fee upon the first time you apply to GPRC. Your school will likely cover the cost of tuition and expect you to cover the costs of the text book or other additional fees. You may be asked to submit a Caution Fee that will be reimbursed once you successfully complete the course, ask your Guidance Counsellor about your school district’s Caution Fee.
How do I apply?
Meet with your high school Guidance Counsellor to plan program or course options. You will be required to complete an Application Package and submit this, along with the Application and Caution Fees, to your school. The school will make arrangements to send it to the college admission team. To get an application package, please talk to your school’s Guidance Counsellor or Principal, or contact GPRC’s Dual Credit Coordinator, 780.539.2217.
It is best to submit your package as early as you can to save your seat in a course. Registration begins in the May prior to the next academic year (example: students wishing to register for the 2016/2017 academic year can begin registration in May 2016), you may register for both Fall and Winter courses at this time. Please note that application packages submitted at the start of a semester will have delays in processing and a seat in the course may not be available.
How do I know if I am accepted?
GPRC’s Dual Credit Coordinator will communicate through e-mail and an admission package will be sent to your school. If it is summer break, packages will be sent directly to the address given on the application. Make sure to inform Student Services if you move.
When do I start, how will I know where to go, and what textbook do I need?
Most courses start at the beginning of September and the beginning of January. You will be invited to an orientation prior to classes starting. At that time, you will receive all the necessary information about being a student at GPRC. If you have questions along the way, you are always welcome to contact your Dual Credit Coordinator, 780.539.2217.
Once classes start, your instructor will communicate directly with you, often through Moodle (or other media). If you are struggling, please contact your instructor, the Dual Credit Coordinator, and/or your guidance counselor. We are here to support you and want you to be successful. We will help you look at options to ensure success or to address the issue.
You can find what textbook your course requires through the GPRC Bookstore.
Academic Advisors are available for all GPRC students and prospective students. If you’re starting to plan for post-secondary (it’s never too early to start!), an Academic Advisor can help you. If you have questions about how a dual credit course would fit into a program, transferability to another institution or want to know if you have the high school requirements to get into a program, Academic Advisors can help you with all of these. To book an appointment, please go to Student Services, GPRC H103, or call 1-888-539-4772.
Can I take a GPRC course and still go to another University?
Many GPRC courses that are available through dual credit are transferable to other institutions. The ACAT Guide will help you understand the transferability of GPRC courses to universities in Alberta. You can talk to the Dual Credit Coordinator if you have any questions.
Do I get a college transcript?
YES! You will receive a letter grade on a GPRC Transcript. You will also receive a numeric grade for the equivalent course(s) on your high school transcript. Your high school transcript will note that the course(s) were awarded through a post-secondary institution.
Current Student Information
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