New dual credit strategy to provide hands-on learning for students
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:38 pm
THE PROVINCE ANNOUNCED THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT WILL BE INVESTING $11 MILLION OVER THREE YEARS INTO A PROGRAM THAT WILL ALLOW LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO LEARN IN HANDS-ON ENVIRONMENTS.
“I think it’s brilliant,” said Rocky View Schools (RVS) Superintendent of Schools Greg Bass of the May 6 announcement.
Dual credit refers to opportunities for students to work with schools, post-secondary institutions and businesses to earn both high school and post-secondary credits for the same course.
The credits also have the potential to lead to workplace certification or advanced standing in post-secondary programs.
“Ultimately, students graduate from our system with the potential of a lot of work already done towards post-secondary accreditation,” Bass said.
He added the strategy will allow curriculum “to be able to align with post-secondary course work, which will allow students to go further and deeper into these programs.”
“We want students to have the option to pursue their passions and future career goals,” said Premier Alison Redford.
“The dual credit strategy gives students a leg up as they jump into the workforce and help us keep growing the economy.”
RVS already has a Career Pathways program that is in line with the dual credit strategy and has a partnership with Cam Clark Ford that is nearly 10 years old.
The partnership allows RVS students access to the Cam Clark Ford site, industry standard tools and equipment, along with instruction supported by journeymen staff.
Bass said RVS is continuing to work with businesses and organizations to build more community partnerships.
“We have a number of businesses and corporate partners we’ve had conversations with (about Career Pathways partnerships) and now it’s high time we go forward and cement the relationship,” Bass said.
He added RVS needs partnerships to allow students the opportunity to spend time in a practicum-like environment and often leads to students returning to the business for work once they have completed training.
“You get students who are passionate about the work they are doing in school,” he said. “To me that’s a real positive because it’s getting students hooked into what they are passionate for.”
Though Bass is unsure how much of the $11-million provincial investment RVS will receive, he said, “We will definitely be applying for a portion of those funds.”