Photo: Students participating in geomatics engineering seminar for Dual Credit Program at NLC/ Sean Assor

Students of School District 60 were given a tour of Northern Lights College’s Dual Credit Program.

On Wednesday, Grade nine students attended an open house for the Dual Credit Program. Students were able to select three different programs and allowed to participate in practical, hands-on seminars, providing them with better insight into the program.

Students were given the opportunity to pick three courses ranging from airport maintenance engineering, to esthetics and nail care technology, to pre-medicine. Then, the students were able to see a little bit of what the courses had to offer.

Brad Lyon, the communications director of the NLC, says he feels it is important for these students to become exposed to the various programs available to them, as well as learn what prerequites are necessary to get into these programs so they can take them throughout high school.

Brian Campbell, school district principal of careers and international education, says the program would not be able to operate without the support and donations of local businesses. Students enrolled in the program have their entire tuition covered through such donations. Northern Opportunities is one company that is involved in the program and provides students with a seamless transition from grade school to post secondary education.

The Dual Credit Program has grown significantly since its establishment in 2002. The program currently has 150 registered students and an 86 per cent graduation rate. The credits earned through the program are also transferable to any university in the province.

For more information on the program, please call 1-866-463-6625 or visit the college’s website.