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Aspen View students graduate from Portage College … before they graduate from High School

Aspen View, in partnership with Portage College, offered dual credit opportunities in Pre-Employment Cooking and in Pre-Employment Heavy Equipment Technician (HET) during the 2018/2019 school year. 
Dual credit is programming authorized and funded by Alberta Education, in which Grade 10, 11 or 12 students can earn both high school credits and credits that count towards a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree (including first period apprenticeship opportunities).
Dual credit allows students to personalize their high school experience and build on or discover their career passions and interests. The students used technology to connect with their journeyman instructors to complete the theory requirements of the programs, and attended the college to complete their practical requirements.
For the very first time in the history of Aspen View and Portage College, students who successfully completed these programs were permitted to convocate at the college on June 7, 2019.  Because of the dual credit initiative, seven students in Aspen View Public Schools graduated from college before they graduated from high school; four of these students attended the convocation!
Aspen View has a variety of dual credit opportunities for students to select from, including Health Care Aide Certification, Power Engineering 4th Class, Office Administration, Practical Nursing, Introduction to Aboriginal Issues, Educational Assistant and many more.
These courses and programs are available through partnerships with the following post-secondary institutions:
  • Portage College
  • Northern Lakes College
  • Lakeland College
  • Athabasca University
To learn how to register in a dual credit opportunity, contact Donna Wesley, Director of Curriculum and Technology at Aspen View Public Schools at donna.wesley@aspenview.org