Dual Credit and Exploratory

What are Dual Credit and Exploratory programs?

Preparing to be a Pharmacy Assistant through Dual Credit.

Our Dual Credit info session was on November 3.  If you missed it, you can access the recording and the slides below:

Dual Credit Information Session - recording

Dual Credit Information Session - slides only


2021-22 Course List

Applications for semester two course have now closed.  Applications for summer and fall 2022 will open in the spring.

Dual Credit

Dual-credit programs provide high school students with the opportunity to explore post-secondary education and career pathways while earning credits at both the high school and post-secondary institution. Post-secondary tuition fees are paid by Palliser. Dual-credit studies are available to full-time Palliser students, and are designed primarily for grade 11 and 12 students.

Dual credit helps students to:

  • get a jump start on their post-secondary education while still in high school
  • complete high school while engaging in meaningful curriculum
  • transition to post-secondary studies or move into the world of work
  • potentially complete post-secondary with less debt

Students must be able to accommodate dual-credit courses into their current school and extra-curricular schedules, and be ready to commit to the program for its entire duration, which can range from one to three semesters.

Students are required to follow all Covid protocols in place when attending classes on post-secondary campuses, which may include a requirement to show proof of vaccination.  This only applies to programs with an on-campus component.

View this slide presentation for a brief Introduction to Dual Credit Programs.

More information for students and parents is on the Alberta Education website.



High school is an opportunity for students to explore and discover passions, interests and potential career pathways helping to assist students to narrow down what post-secondary studies and careers they may pursue beyond high school. Students can choose to take an Exploratory Program as part of their high school learning plan.

Exploratory courses are taught by instructors in the industry and support students in making connections to potential career pathways, alongside the support of a school teacher.  These courses are usually taught at a local college.

Students usually earn a combination of work experience and CTS credits for Exploratory Programs.  They do not earn post-secondary credits.


For more information, please contact:

Jeni Bowden,  Off Campus Teacher (email)

Picture Butte High School, County Central High School, Noble Central School


Charlene Foster,  Off Campus Teacher (email)

Brant Christian School, Calgary Christian High School, Calgary Islamic School, Heritage Christian Academy, Master's College, National Sports School


Brian Kim,  Off Campus Teacher (email)

Carmangay, Coalhurst High School, Huntsville School, John Davidson School, Kate Andrews High School, PBB Coaldale