Dual Credit Success Story - James Courtice

Dual Credit Success Story - James Courtice
Posted on 06/23/2017
James Courtice

One of the amazing programs that the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board offers to students is the dual credit program. Dual credit is a course where students receive a college and high school credit at the same time and is taught by college faculty and supported by a high school teacher.


Students who take the course are able to explore options for their future after secondary school. We are happy to showcase some of the success stories that are a result of the dual credit program.


James Courtice, a Grade 12 student at St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School, was never fond of the high school environment and struggled to earn all of the credits required for graduation. He found himself short one credit and decided that he wanted to experience post-secondary education for himself before he graduated. James enrolled in the Family Sociology dual credit course for the Social Services Worker program at Georgian College in Orillia.


The program has provided James with the freedom to become a more independent and focused student. He says that the program has shown him how valuable a college education can be and the incredible results that peer interaction can produce. The dual credit program has given James the opportunity to realize the value of his opinion through class discussion and group activities.


James feels that the open minded nature of the teaching style has allowed him to fully immerse himself in his education and prepare for college or university.


To learn more about the program visit the dual credit webpage on the board website.