Dual Credit and Exploratory

What are Dual Credit and Exploratory programs?

Preparing to be a Pharmacy Assistant through Dual Credit.

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.

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:

Jen Coutts

Off Campus Teacher (Lethbridge Region)


Charlene Foster

Off Campus Teacher (Calgary and Vulcan)