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High school students can earn dual credits through college

Interior Design Technology alumni Lina Wiebe poses inside a home decor showroom for the new Be Ready brand campaign. Photo by Rob Olson

Students in Livingstone Range School Division can get a head start on their post-secondary journey by enrolling in Lethbridge College’s new dual credit courses.

Starting this fall, students from Livingstone Range and six other school divisions can enrol in one of six college-level classes, earning credit at both their high school and at Lethbridge College while exploring the college’s innovative programs and exciting career possibilities.

Those interested in learning more about these new opportunities are invited to attend a virtual dual credit discovery night from 6:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12. 

“I think the value of dual credit is that it allows high school students an opportunity to try something that they can’t do at their school, and build some experience at the post-secondary level that would allow them to continue in the future,” said Dr. Terry Kowalchuk, dean of the Centre for Technology, Environment and Design. “It creates possibilities for students.”

Other participating school divisions are  Palliser, Holy Spirit, Prairie Rose, Westwind, Medicine Hat and Horizon.

Lethbridge College has offered dual credit courses in previous years and is building on that initial success to offer a wider variety to students at even more of the region’s high schools.

Lethbridge College’s Fall 2021 dual credit course include:

Design Fundamentals

Students will learn the basic elements and principles of design and explore the human-built environment using two- and three-dimensional problem-solving techniques.

Introduction to design software and photography

Students will get hands-on experience using the latest design software and DSLR camera functions, developing skills needed to create the still visuals used in media.

Marketing fundamentals for media

Students will learn to identify communication opportunities, choose target audiences, and use social media, news media and advertising platforms to implement campaigns.

Animal Science

Students will get a wider perspective on the animals under production in southern Alberta, focusing on physiology, nutrition, reproduction, environmental and welfare issues and more.

Community Marketing

Students will discover the ins and outs of marketing agricultural commodities, including the role of futures markets, the mechanics of futures trading, the use of futures market to hedge, and more.

Graphic Communications

Students will learn the tools and techniques needed using AutoCAD to create industry-ready engineering drawings, including 3D modelling and advanced applications and customization techniques.

Whether the high school dual credit students decide to head into the workforce after their high school graduation or pursue a post-secondary education, these courses will help them be ready for an easier transition to whatever happens next.

Students will enrol through their high schools and should contact their high school guidance counselor for registration details.

More information and a link to register for Lethbridge College’s dual credit discovery night can be found at

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