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Dual Credit Enrichment

There is a School District and VIU Coordinator.  The School District coordinator handles district concerns such as submitting your application forms, collecting your activation assignment, communicating with your high school, and submitting your dual credit grade(s).  The VIU Coordinator will work with you if there are issues on campus such as adding/dropping a VIU course.  It is best to send a message to both coordinators if you have a question.

Dave Travers
CTC Program – Career & Technical Centre
c/o Woodlands Secondary
Room 109 – 1270 Strathmore St. Nanaimo BC V9S 2L9

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools will cover the tuition.  Students must pay the registration fee, student fees, and books.

The fees you are responsible for are explained in your VIU Acceptance Letter. This is your best source of information The Student Fees part of your VIU student account can be confusing as it includes both SD68 and student fee responsibility and does not break them out as a Dual Credit Student.

You will receive “dual credit” meaning for each course you take at VIU you will earn 3 university credits (most are transferable to other post-secondary schools, check the credit transfer guide in the essential documents section of this page). You will also receive 4 grade twelve elective credits on your high school transcript for each post-secondary course you complete.

Dual credit courses will have a course code of PL 12A, PL 12B, etc.; there is no description of the course, i.e. Psychology XXX.  In order to know the name of the course, the school would also need a VIU transcript.  When you apply to post-secondary institutions you will want to include both your high school transcript and VIU transcript.  If you apply to VIU then this is not necessary because there will be a record of your grade.

Generally no, there is a scholarship committee at each Nanaimo High School.  They use the following list of courses to calculate GPA:

  • Language Arts 11
  • Social Studies 11/FNS 12
  • Math 11
  • Science 11
  • Language Arts 12
  • Grade 12 Course
  • Grade 12 course

Generally, the 2 highest grade 12 courses are used for this calculation. These would be courses in grade 12 other than your Dual Credit Enrichment courses.  Please consult your school scholarship committee for more details.

Local scholarships are made available through the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation, a registered, community-based charity that helps vulnerable students and solicits scholarships/bursaries to assist Grade 12 graduates with the high cost of post-secondary education.  Deadlines for scholarships are usually announced in January and the deadline for submission is in February.  See this website for more details:  http://www.nlsf.ca

Yes, Ladysmith Secomdary School calculates the local scholarship GPA using ALL grades 10-12 courses.  Please consult with the scholarship committee at Ladysmith Secondary School for more details.  All applicants must be in a position to graduate based on marks submitted for the spring report cards.  All learn@home students must have completed 60% of all courses by the spring reporting period.  This also includes all Distance Learning courses.

There is a wide range of entrance scholarships and bursaries for students beginning first year. These scholarships are listed in the institutional calendar and/or special financial aid booklet for each institution.

Here is the link to VIU Scholarships and Awards “Entrance”:

You will find additional scholarship and awards information here:

Contact the VIU Advising Centre at 1–888–920–2221 local 6410.

Maybe. If you have concerns about how this grade will affect your entrance requirements for your program at other post secondary institutions then please contact the Advising Centre at that PSI.

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As always, we are pleased to share an amazing story of dedication, determination and passion for learning. Sarah Dmytruk, a January graduate who not only completed the Level C Welding course through the Career Technical Centre (CTC) program in her Grade 11 year, she was also the top female student in the class.

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