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Dual Credit

Get a head start on your future with this FREE program! Experience college, explore career pathways, and earn Loyalist College credits while you’re still in high school.

The School College Work Initiative (SCWI) at Loyalist College offers a variety of Dual Credit courses for high school students to experience college and explore career pathways.

Supported by your secondary school teachers and College professors, work toward completing both a College credit and high school credit at the same time. As SCWI is ministry-funded, Dual Credit courses are free for participating students!

  • Credential
    • High School and College Credit

  • Start Date

    September and February

Is it the career for you?

Dual Credits are a great way for high school students to find out about the various careers that are linked to their areas of interest.

For instance:

  • Participating in an Automotive Dual Credit can provide students with a sense of what to expect if they are considering a career in the motive power industry. Loyalist’s Motive Power and Automotive Apprenticeship programs prepare our post-secondary students for careers that could range from working in a dealership or service repair shop, to warranty claim processing and insurance appraisal.
  • The Construction Dual Credit is popular among students who enjoy working with their hands, have an interest in seeing a project through from the early stages to finished product, or like the idea of being self-employed. Loyalist College graduates of the Carpentry and Renovation program work in a careers, such as:
    • Construction Framers
    • Chief Estimators
    • Carpenters
    • Granite Fabricator Installers
    • Landscapers
  • A Culinary Dual Credit is a great way for students with a passion for food to find out about the broad range of career opportunities available in the culinary industry while learning to prepare delicious food in a hands-on environment. Many graduates of the Culinary Skills and Culinary Management programs at Loyalist College have careers as cooks and bakers at prestigious establishments across Canada and around the world.
  • An Early Childhood Education Dual Credit can introduce you to a fulfilling career. A career in early childhood education is well-suited to people who are patient and compassionate and who have a creative approach to problem-solving. Early Childhood Education graduates work in:
    • Full-day kindergarten programs
    • Childcare centres
    • Resource centres

Find out about the careers Loyalist College graduates are enjoying by reviewing the individual descriptions listed in the Programs & Courses section of our website.

Advantages of taking a Dual Credit course

Get a head start on your post-secondary studies by earning (FREE!) College credits while completing your high school courses. You'll also be able to experience College life and explore future career options.

Enjoy access to many supports and activities available to full-time Loyalist students, including:

  • Canvas (Loyalist's online learning management system)
  • The Parrott Centre Library
  • The Indigenous Resource Centre
  • Student Success services
  • Student Life activities

Upon successful completion of a Dual Credit course, you will be mailed an official College transcript.

Hands-on learning delivered by a College professor

Loyalist College Dual Credit courses are delivered through the following delivery methods:

Congregated Dual Credits

  • Delivered at Loyalist’s main campus
  • Class consists of students from various local area high schools
  • Taught by a College professor/instructor
  • Students travel to the College one morning or afternoon per week to attend class (usually 9 am – 12 pm or 12:30 – 3:30 pm)
  • Free transportation is arranged by school board
  • Small class sizes of 14 – 20 students
  • Learn in Loyalist shops and labs
  • High school reps are on campus

Team Taught Dual Credits

  • Delivered at your high school
  • Entire class of students participates
  • Course is “team” taught by a secondary school teacher and a Loyalist professor/instructor
  • Students travel to Loyalist campus for two full-day classes held in the College’s shops or labs (transportation and lunch provided)

Summer School

  • Delivered at Loyalist’s main campus
  • Class consists of students from various local area high schools
  • Taught by a College professor/instructor
  • Classes begin at 9 am and end at 3 pm, including time for lunch and breaks

AccessAbility Services

Students with IEPs are encouraged to register with Loyalist’s Student Success services if they would like to take advantage of academic supports and accommodations that may increase their chances for success. For more information about the services, or help in applying, contact Elizabeth Kryschuk at Loyalist College (

Indigenous Resource Centre

The Indigenous Resource Centre was established to ensure appropriate support for Indigenous students on campus. In addition to offering a range of resources, the Indigenous Resource Centre has a study space with access to computers, internet and email, a video and text library, and current Indigenous newsletters and papers.

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