Dual Credit Programs


We are committed to offering every available advantage to our students with a wide variety of diverse educational experiences and opportunities.

Dual credit programs allow our students to take a post-secondary course, or a series of courses and earn both high school credits, as well as college/university credentials.

For the 2018/2019 school year, we are offering:

Agriculture Equipment Technician

This program is a partnership with Olds College, WEDA (Western Equipment Dealers Association) and various community agriculture dealerships. Students spend half-a-day working in an agriculture equipment business to gain theoretical and practical experience with the support of an Olds College instructor. This unique learning opportunity gives the student a truly hands-on experience while earning their first-period training.

Business Management

A Business Management course is being offered in partnership with Red Deer College’s Donald School of Business.

Certificate of Achievement in Healthcare Administration

This certificate contains a grouping of four courses that can be taken individually or as a group to obtain the certificate through Bow Valley College. This cluster of courses prepares learners to work in the healthcare system, hospitals, and medical offices.

Certificate of Achievement in Practical Nursing

This partnership with Bow Valley College contains a grouping of four courses that can be taken individually or as a group to obtain the certificate. This cluster of courses prepares learners to deliver professional nursing careers.

Educational Assistant

This program is offered in conjunction with Red Deer College. Students can enroll in four different courses that transfer directly into the Educational Assistant Program or into the Early Learning and Childcare Program.

Hospitality and Tourism

This program is a partnership with Olds College and includes two courses that link to the Hospitality and Tourism Management Diploma. One course will be offered in the first semester and one the second semester.

NAIT Power-Engineering

This is a three-year program that requires acceptance through an interviewing process for their 4th Class Power Engineering certificate. Students who are accepted into the program will take online NAIT courses during the school year and then participate in summer onsite employment opportunities working towards 940 hours for required apprenticeship training. Please note that we are currently not accepting new students into the program.

School within a College (SWAC)

School within a College (SWAC) is a program available to Grade 12 students in their second semester. This unique opportunity allows our students to attend technical training classes at Red Deer College (RDC) starting in February.

This is a pre-employment program, which runs for six hours a day. Students earn nineteen 30 level credits. Students in the program have an opportunity to train with their college instructors for other opportunities, such as Regional Alberta Skills Competitions. At the competition of the course, students are prepared to challenge their first-period apprenticeship exam. Pre-planning is vital to students being accepted into this program, as they must complete many of their graduation requirements by the end of Semester 1.

Programs in SWAC:

  • Welding
  • Automotive Service Technician

For more information on Dual Credit programming, please contact Tracey Millar at tracey.millar@rdcrs.ca