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The Dual Credit Program

The Dual Credit Program is a School College Work Initiative (SCWI) aimed at providing students with the opportunity to work towards earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and ease the transition into College.

Students enrolled in Dual Credit Programs earn a credit(s) that counts towards their OSSD, as well as their college diploma or apprenticeship certification. Northern College is unique as we work with three school boards (Northeastern Catholic District School Board, James Bay Lowland Secondary School Board and District School Board Ontario North East) as well as Moose Cree Education Authority. This translates to Dual Credit opportunities available to students at nine high schools across Northern Ontario from Moose Factory Island and Moosonee to New Liskeard.

What Others Are Saying

“I’m glad I took Dual Credit ‘Managing for College Success’ course because it has helped me develop great skills for taking college courses. I’ve learned different subjects such as managing time, managing stress, and what to expect when walking down the path to post-secondary. It is helpful right now because I will know what to expect when going to college this fall. I am grateful for the opportunity of being able to successfully take the course and proud to say that it has helped me in great ways. This course will be so helpful in the future, especially knowing not only about college but how to take care of myself at the same time.” 

– Kaneisha E., Managing for Success, Moosonee

“I’ve always had trouble learning how to do things on my own but this gave me a chance to learn how to do it by myself. I think College Link has helped me prepare for my post-secondary education in more ways than one. being in the college environment really helped me adjust and get the feel for what it’s going to be like in actual post-secondary school. I learned that managing my time on assignments is a very big deal. I’ve also learned that you can always ask for help because that was one thing I have always been scared to do.” 

– Mayson S., College Link, Timmins

The Dual Credit Program might be right for you if you are:

• at risk of not graduating (OSSD)
• enrolled in a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program
• enrolled in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP); and/or
• an early school leaver, under the age of 21 and close to completing your OSSD.

By participating in a Dual Credit Program, students are surrounded by everything (and everyone) they need to succeed!


If you are interested in registering for a Dual Credit Program, please discuss your eligibility with your Guidance Counselor, Student Success Teacher or Vice Principal. They will share local opportunities with you and submit an application on your behalf.

Find out if you are eligilbe!

Contact Us

Contact us for further information regarding local opportunities and registration. We will direct you to the appropriate individual at your secondary school.

Julia VanderWeerden
E-mail: vanderweerdenj@northern.on.ca
Phone: (705) 288-2708
SCWI Coordinator

Alicia Pirie
E-mail: piriea@northern.on.ca
Phone: (705) 235-3211, option #1, x2163
Northern College SCWI Liaison

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