Dual Credit for high school students
Dual Credit programs and courses let you earn high school and college credits at the same time. In most cases your college tuition will be covered by the school district.
Why take Dual Credit?
You can save time and money by taking Dual Credit programs and courses offered through ACE-IT (Accelerated Credit Enrollment in Industry Trades). You'll be a college student while you're still working on completing high school.
ACE-IT opportunities are available in many trades apprenticeship courses and trades foundation courses including, but not limited to Automotive Service Technician, Carpentry, Electrical, Heavy Duty Mechanics, Professional Cook Training, Industrial Mechanics (Millwright) and Welding.
Each school district offers different choices. Some classes are held in a high school, others at COTR and sometimes both locations are used. You can choose to take one individual course offered in the evening after school, or a full-time program that runs in parallel to your school timetable. There are also online courses available.
How do Students Benefit?
ACE-IT introduces high school students to selected trades training programs in British Columbia.
- Students enrolled in an ACE-IT programs receive their post-secondary trades technical training.
- Depending on their program choice, ACE-IT students can earn up to 32 post-secondary institute credits towards high school graduation. Upon successful completion of an ACE-IT program, students receive level I technical training credit from the Industry Training Authority (ITA) along with high school credits towards their graduation
In almost all cases, the cost of your COTR tuition will be covered by the school district. You will be responsible for the application fee, textbooks, and any personal safety gear or other supplies that may be required.
Reserved ACE-IT seats fill up quickly, and admission into programs usually includes an interview process as well, so don't leave this to the last minute. A great time to start asking questions is while you're in grade 10 or 11, so you can be ready to take advantage of these Dual Credit opportunities when you're in grade 12. It might even be possible to get started while you're in grade 10 or 11, so talk to your high school counsellor!
Students that successfully complete an ACE -IT program typically get credit for their level one technical training (in-class) component of their trades training program. Each training level is composed of technical training (in school) and work based training (hours on the job). For a list of trades training requirements see the ITA Red Seal Trades.
If you have any questions about an ACE-IT program, please contact...
School District No. 5/College of the Rockies
Contact your high school counsellor. More information can be found here.