Discover SCHOOL I COLLEGE I WORK at: Program I Fall 2017 I 1 SCWI NEWSLETTER Fall 2017 The celebrations surrounding the twentieth anniversary of dual credits in Ontario was more than a landmark. As this issue will show, it was also a launching pad for exciting new programs, ongoing successes and new voices. The Dual Credit program continues to innovate and expand to meet the diverse needs of students on new and existing pathways to success in schools colleges and in their communities. One of the most exciting is support for our entry into a pilot program created for Adult SWAC students.

As it expands our reach, it also offers hope and renewal to young adults who can experience new hope and direction under the guidance of experienced professionals. A recent study of the 3 factors claims that the 3 most important factors leading to happiness are: pleasure, purpose and pride. If that is so, our students are well-served by the dual credit programs. SCHOOL COLLEGE WORK INITIATIVE 2017-2018 Volume 1 | Edition 4 What’s Inside? • Latest stats and data on results of SCWI programs across Ontario • Student Testimonials • Profiles of Beginning SWAC students • New Programs • Report on Adult SWAC • Forums and Activities • New Staff


2 SCWI Fall 2017 What is SCWI? The School College Work Initiative is a cooperative effort with a mandate to assist in creating a seamless transition for students from secondary school to college. In addition to a wide array of learning and awareness opportunities for students, teachers, parents and the wider community, projects have been developed to provide dual credit programs for secondary students through the partnership of secondary schools and colleges. In 2011, a site for RPT chairs and staff was designed, it is available at and

They have recently been overhauled and improved, following extensive input from our 16 RPT’s.

This handy source for RPT and DC information now includes: • Dual Credit Policy & Procedures • SCWI funding requirements and applications • EDCS financial reporting training webinars • SCWI Requirements • Key Dates and Events • DC course codes • Newsletter archive • Plus other valuable information A collaboration of the Council of Directors of Education (CODE) and the Committee of College Presidents (COP), SCWI is jointly funded by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. This website has recently been improved and updated. Check it out at

2017 - 2018 Co-Management Team Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development - Delivery Support, Skills Development Laura Loveridge, Senior Manager (Acting) Ministry of Education - Student Success Policy Branch Marg Connor, Director Pauline McNaughton, Manager Colleges Lynn Casimiro, Vice-présidente à l’Enseignement, La Cité Ron Common, President, Sault College Peter Devlin, President, Fanshawe College MaryLynn West-Moynes, President, Georgian College District School Boards Stuart Miller, Director of Education, Halton DSB Dan Parr, Director of Education, St. Clair CDSB Réjean Sirois, Directeur de l’éducation, CEC du Centre-Est Unité du continuum de l’apprentissage en langue française, Direction des politiques et programmes d’éducation en langue française, Division de l’éducation en langue française, de l’éducation autochtone et de la recherche, Ministère de l’Éducation/Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Formation professionnelle, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development et/and Ministère de l’Éducation / Ministry of Education Hélène Grégoire, Chef/Manager CODE/SCWI Frank Kelly, Project Manager, CODE David Armstrong, Project Officer, SCWI


Discover SCHOOL I COLLEGE I WORK at: Program I Fall 2017 I 3 85% 85% 85% 86% 87% 88% 89% 89% 88% 79% 80% 80% 81% 86% 87.5% 91% 91% 91% 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Dual Credit Programs Retenon and Success Rates 2008-09 to 2016-17 School years Retenon Rate Success Rate In 2016-17, expanded learning opportunities through approved Dual Credit programs enabled students to enroll in 20,695 dual credits. 79% of students were in the primary target group of disengaged and underachieving and approximately 3,081 students participated in 96 “School Within a College” programs.

This year, Summer “School Within a College” expanded to 22 programs in English and French with 363 student participants. In 2016-17, the sixteen Regional Planning Teams also received SCWI approval for 117 activities and regional forums. Over 38,800 students, teachers, college faculty and administrators participated in these opportunities.

Highlights from 2016-17 Annually, the Ministry of Education publishes a report on the dual credit program. This report highlights data on the students and the program. The 2015-16 dual credit data at-a-glance report includes information on the success, retention and graduation of dual credit students. The annual Dual Credit Programs School Year Reports can be found at: For twenty years, the School College Work Initiative has continued to bring college and school board staff together to develop Dual Credit programs, activities and forums that increase the engagement of students in their secondary school studies and facilitate the transition to postsecondary learning for thousands of Ontario students.

The growth of the initiative could not have occurred without the commitment and vision of school board and college leaders across this province.


4 SCWI Fall 2017 Meet Our New SCWI Staff Part of what makes SCWI a vibrant and innovative success is due to a constant inflow of new staff who join their experienced counterparts in serving at-risk youth (and recently, adults!) throughout Ontario. Experienced staff ground the program in a history of excellence as new staff bring new ideas and energy to the programs. It’s a great combination. We welcome these new faces and look forward to their input. Jessica Lachance est la nouvelle Gestionnaire des partenariats scolaires au Collège Boréal. En collaboration avec l’EPR3 et l’EPR16, elle gèrera les projets de DRC et les activités de l’IJECT.

Elle a commencé sa carrière comme enseignante au CSPGNO en 2010. Depuis 2016, elle travaille à titre de conceptrice pédagogique pour les cours hybrides offerts par le Collège Boréal. Pendant son temps comme conceptrice, elle a eu l’occasion de collaborer avec plusieurs autres institutions postsecondaires dans la création de cours modernes et innovateurs. Elle a hâte d’entamer cette nouvelle année scolaire et de collaborer avec tous les partenaires de l’IJECT.

Jessica Lachance Coordinatrice EPR 3 & 16 Paul Séguin a débuté sa carrière d’enseignement en 2001. Il enseignait les cours de chimie et mathématiques. Depuis 2008, il porte le titre de coordonnateur de l’apprentissage par expérience pour le Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario. Ces dossiers comprennent : les Majeures Haute Spécialisation, les cours à double reconnaissance de crédit, l’apprentissage par l’expérience (COOP et PAJO), et Destination Réussite volet 1. Cette expérience lui a permis de bien comprendre les dossiers avant d’accepter le poste de Président de l’EPR 3 en septembre 2017.

Paul Séguin Président de l’EPR 3 Paul Caldbick joins Karen Gauthier as the new Co-Chair with Karen Gauthier in RPT 15. Paul brings a long and diverse history of service and commitment to young people in Algoma and the Sault Ste Marie community, where he has worked for many years as a system administrator, vice-principal. language arts head and coordinator of International Baccalaureate programs. In addition, he has served to co-coordinate programs between the Algoma and Huron Superior School Boards, and on community committees for the city of Sault Ste Marie. He brings a wealth of experience and looks forward to this opportunity to work with Karen supporting dual credit programs for Algoma youth.

Paul Caldbick Co-Chair of RPT 15