Dual Credit and Transitions

Transition programs are offered to students currently in high school who wish to take college level courses while continuing their high school education. These programs are a collaboration of the School Districts and Okanagan College and both have strong commitments to helping students achieve their academic, career and life goals.

There are two ways to transition to college before you graduate from high school: Dual Credit programs and Concurrent Enrolment.

Benefits to students are:

  • Graduate with a Grade 12 academic (Dogwood) Diploma plus up to one year of post-secondary education and training
  • Gain accelerated access to a career or further post-secondary education and training

One of the ways in which students can transition is through a Dual Credit program for secondary students. Dual Credit means that credit earned at the post-secondary level can be used as credit towards high school graduation, click here to access the BC Ministry of Education policy on Dual Credit.

Dual Credit agreements allow our School District students to apply to specified Okanagan College programs, through their high school career programs. In most cases, the School District sponsors the students for all or part of the tuition portion of the post-secondary program. It is important to be thinking about this in Grade 10 so you can schedule your Grade 11 and 12 courses to meet all the requirements.

Dual credit programs are an opportunity for high school students to start college programs while still in high school. Students receive credit towards their high school diploma, the programs are usually paid for by the school district, and it is a way to get ahead on post-secondary education and training.   

In entry-level, trades programs, students also earn Level 1 of their technical training with the Industry Training Authority.

How to Apply:
Become a Student  To apply for Dual Credit programs students need to speak to the career counsellor in their school district: 

Revelstoke -School District 19
Vernon - School District 22  
Central Okanagan - School District 23
Okanagan Similkameen - School District 53 
Nicola-Similkameen - School District 58
Okanagan Skaha - School District 67
North Okanagan - Shuswap - School District 83 

Programs by Location: Below is a list of programs offered in each centre.  If a program you really want is not offered in your area, talk to your Career Counsellor at your high school and your parents to see if you can arrange to undertake a program in another geographic area. 

Become a Student  Salmon Arm

Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship
Plumbing and Piping Trades Certificate
Residential Construction
Welder Foundation Certificate
Administrative Assistant
Office Assistant Certificate   

Selected career certificate programs in Continuing Studies are also open to North Okanagan-Shuswap high school students for dual credit. These vary each year so talk to your career counsellor or the Transitions Coordinator at Okanagan College for more information.

Become a Student  Vernon
  Aircraft Maintenance Engineer
Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship
Plumbing and Piping Trades Certificate
Residential Construction
Welder Foundation Certificate
Education Assistant Certificate 
Nursing Unit Assistant Certificate 
Administrative Assistant
Office Assistant Certificate
Health Care Assistant Certificate

University transfer first year Arts courses (e.g. English, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology, Indigenous Studies) are available to Grade 12 students in SD22. Please contact your secondary school principal for more information.

Become a Student  Kelowna  

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (S License)
Automotive Collision Repair / Painting and Refinishing
Automotive Service Technician
Carpentry / Joinery
Culinary Arts
Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship
Heavy Mechanical Foundation Certificate
Health Care Assistant
Plumbing and Piping Trades Certificate
Recreational Vehicle Service Technician
Residential Construction
Sheet Metal Worker Pre-Apprenticeship
Welder Foundation Certificate

University transfer Arts and Science courses (e.g. English, Math, Political Science, Anthropology, Chemistry) are available to Grade 12 students in SD23. Please contact your secondary school counsellor for more information.

Become a Student  Penticton 

Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship
Plumbing and Piping Trades Certificate
Residential Construction
Welder Foundation Certificate

Ask your career counsellor about academic dual credit.

Become a Student  Distance Education (check with your career counsellor to see if your district has these distance options available as dual credit) 
  Accounting Assistant Certificate
Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant Fundamentals
Office Assistant Certificate 

Concurrent enrolment allows you, as a Grade 11 or 12 student, to enrol in college courses while finishing your high school diploma. Get a head start on your college education today!

Normally, no more than 12 credits obtained through concurrent studies may be applied toward a certificate, diploma or degree at the College. The following conditions will apply:

  • The applicant must have a superior academic record
  • The applicant must have the support and written recommendation of the secondary school principal
  • The applicant must be enrolled at the Grade 11 or 12 level in a program of studies that meets the regular entrance requirements of the College program to which admission is sought
  • The applicant must have the written approval of the appropriate Okanagan College dean for the courses in which the applicant plans to enrol
  • The applicant must have the written consent of the parent or legal guardian if under the age of majority on the first day of classes

Admission will be limited to one academic year; however, this may be renewable with the continued support of the regional dean and the program dean. Students in concurrent studies will be treated as regular students except that they may not enrol in a full course load. Their selection of courses must be approved by the appropriate dean, and their eligibility to register is valid for one year unless renewed by the dean. Standard transcripts will be issued, and fees, deadlines and all other regulations will be as for regular students.

If you are enrolled in concurrent studies at the College and satisfy program entrance requirements upon your secondary school graduation, you will be treated as a continuing student and will not be required to reapply but you may be fully admitted to the college program. For further details you can speak with the career counsellor at your high school or one of our college recruiters.

To facilitate the admission of secondary students to post-secondary programs, the College has some preferred admission seats for students in some districts to select programs.

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Inga Wheeler
Associate Registrar, Recruitment and Admissions
Okanagan College and School Districts No. 19, 22, 23, 53, 58, 67, and 83
Tel: (250) 762-5445 ext. 4847  Toll free: 1-877-755-2266
Email: iwheeler@okanagan.bc.ca