The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce was all smiles when the Provincial Government announced expanded funding for the Dual Credit program for students this month. Alberta’s Duel Credit program allows students to earn credits towards a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree while they are still in high school. This allows students to discover their career passions through a variety of learning opportunities such as trade apprenticeships, power engineering certificates, health-care programs, and criminal justice studies.
The Dual Credit Strategy Fund was rolled out as a three year pilot project in 2014 with contracts being awarded to both the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College who then established educational partnerships with Lethbridge School District #51, Holy Spirit School Division, Horizon School Division, Palliser School Division, Westwind School Division, and the Kainai High School on the Blood Reserve. Feedback from participants has been consistently and resoundingly positive, with more young people finding pathways into post-secondary education in programs that will provide them with meaningful and rewarding career options.
In 2016 the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce released a policy asking the Provincial Government to renew their commitment to this program by providing sustainable funding beyond the three-year trial period. This policy was adopted by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and was presented in Edmonton with the backing of thousands of business owners from across the province.
“The Chamber works hard behind the scenes to advocate on behalf of member businesses to create a thriving economic environment for our community. Getting better educational outcomes for our young people, engaging them sooner, and helping them discover meaningful career options, is good for the entire community, and certainly good for local businesses looking for talented young people.” – Karla Pyrch, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce