Dual credit is post-secondary programming that Alberta Education has approved for students to access in grades 10, 11 or 12. High school students can earn both high school credits and credits that count towards a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree, including Trades courses and pre-employment certificates. Dual credit opportunities have a selection process involving reviews of current student academics.
Off-campus education provides opportunities for students in grades 10 - 12 to explore and expand their career interests, skills and knowledge related to work and other life roles.
They also allow senior high school students to gain practical experience as they apply and expand their knowledge, skills and attitudes in contexts that will assist them in making wise decisions regarding their future education, training and employment upon leaving senior high school and allow for the smooth transition from school to work and/or post-secondary institutions. Work experience is not necessarily a paid position.
Work Experience 15–25–35 courses, at each level, may be offered for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 credits. Each course is time based; 25 hours per credit. Students may earn up to 30 credits in work experience, but the number of work experience credits that may be counted toward the Alberta High School Diploma is 15.
- CTS safety and career readiness courses are linked to Work Experience 15–25–35 courses as follows: • HCS3000: Workplace Safety Systems is the required prerequisite of the first work experience course taken by a student. • CTR1010: Job Preparation is the recommended prerequisite of the second work experience course taken by a student. • CTR3010: Preparing for Change is the recommended prerequisite of the third work experience course taken by a student.
RAP allows high-school students to learn the skills of a trade while they are still in high school. RAP placements usually start out with the student completing some work experience time with a company before they enter into the apprenticeship portion. It is a requirement for the apprenticeship placement to be with a journeyman level employer, and is more responsibility for the journeyman and the student. These hours can be used towards their hours required for their college coursework.
The Green Certificate Program provides students with opportunities to enter a variety of agriculture-related, structured learning pathways as a part of their senior high school program and to earn a credential which could lead to a career in agribusiness.
Green Certificate is an apprenticeship-style, workforce development, training program serving the agriculture industry. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) works in partnership with the agriculture industry and Alberta Education to offer the Green Certificate Program to all grade 10 - 12 Albertan High School Students. Trainees select a specialization and under the guidance of their trainer, work towards mastering all of the skills within their training program.
Students earn up to 16 grade-twelve diploma credits per specialization completed. It is a fun way to learn more about agriculture in a practical, hands-on environment. This also provides students with the recognition for what they can already do on the farm.
Students can include the experience and training on their resume and add the certificate of completion to their portfolio. Many post secondary agricultural institutions and scholarship programs look favorably upon Green Certificate involvement. As a prerequisite, students must complete the AGR3000 - agricultural safety course.
Outdoor Learning Opportunities - Canadian Rockies Courses
- Winter Travel 15 - This 3 credit course focuses on experiential learning and best practices for winter travel in mountain environments with an overarching goal of youth engagement in stewardship. This is a 4 day experiential learning adventure in the Rocky Mountains. It is to encourage youth to engage in winter travel and recreation in mountain environments as informed and aware individuals through downhill snow sports (skiing and snowboarding), cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
- Water Experience 15 - This is a 4 day experiential learning water adventure in the Rocky Mountains! Earn 3 credits while flatwater canoeing, hiking, and whitewater rafting while integrating valuable lessons in ecology and safety.