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Specialized Programs

Dual Credits

Dual credit programs are designed to assist students in the completion of their diploma requirements and support successful transition to either college or apprenticeship programs.  Depending on the delivery model and course, students can earn secondary school credits (a maximum of 4, non-compulsory) and/or college credits while attending approved courses at Loyalist College or in their home secondary school.  College campus programs involve a dual credit secondary school teacher who provides support and supervision as required, while the students are on the college campus.   Some secondary courses delivered at our secondary school have been developed to provide students with the opportunity to earn college credits upon successful completion of the regular secondary school course.

It is important to note that college assessment and evaluation policies are used when determining success in a dual credit course.  Students will be informed of what grade is required in order to earn credit for the course (i.e. 50%, 60%, etc.)

Dual credit courses and delivery models are approved and funded annually by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and administered through school/college/work initiatives and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board.  Seats in dual credit courses are limited, so admission to courses/programs will involve an application process.  To learn about the dual credit opportunities that will be available during the school year, visit Student Services.


Specialist High Skills Major in Construction
The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs are specialized career-focused options for students that customize learning opportunities on a career path that matches their skills and interests.  SHSMs provide pathways to apprenticeship training, college, university and the workplace while meeting the high standards and requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). 


To review the SHSM Requirements as a pdf please click here.


SCE3X2E ECOQUEST, Grade 11 (2 Credit Program)

EcoQuest is a two-credit Ecotourism and Outdoor Adventure program integrating the principles of outdoor and nature travel, guiding, and the exploration of our local region from a tourism perspective.  This two-credit program is designed for students who intend to pursue a career focusing on travel, guiding, parks management, wildlife and nature conservation, or outdoor activities and leadership.  As part of the program, students will learn the principles of ecotourism and outdoor activities while in a classroom setting.  Students will then apply their learning to a variety of day trips, a winter camping excursion excursion, and a local cycling trip.  The course culminates with a backcountry wilderness canoe trip.  Throughout the program, students will work toward certifications in Standard First Aid, ORCKA Canoe Tripping, and others.

Students will complete an information package and attend an informal meeting as part of their registration in this program.  Upon successful completion of the EcoQuest Program, students will earn one credit in each of the following courses:

  • PAD3O  Outdoor Activities, Grade 11, (Open)
  • CGG3O  Travel and Tourism:  A Regional Geographic Perspective, Grade 11 (Open)

 Prerequisite:  Healthy Active Living, Grade 9 (PPL1O1) and Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9 Academic or Applied (CGC1P or CGC1D).

The course fee for the EcoQuest Program will be at least $300This non-refundable fee is due by May 24, 2019. This fee covers certification expenses, training costs, equipment purchases/repairs, and transportation costs.  Fund-raising activities will take place during the course of the semester.  The fee does not cover food required during overnight trips.

***This course will be offered in alternating years - it will be offered in 2019-20. It will NOT be offered in 2018-19.