News Release

Southern Alberta high school students 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 eight area 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,” says Dr. Terry Kowalchuk, Dean of the Centre for Technology, Environment and Design. “It creates possibilities for students.” 

Lethbridge College has offered a handful of 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. Leaders at the school divisions welcome the additional opportunities for their students.

“We are really excited for our students to have these dual credit offerings available from Lethbridge College,” says Jason Kupery, Director of Learning for Palliser Regional Schools.  “These courses will offer high school students across southern Alberta the opportunity to discover exciting new educational experiences. Our hope is that these courses will spark a passion and assist in the transition to post-secondary studies.”

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, current environmental and welfare issues and more.
  • COMMODITY 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

Participating school divisions include: Palliser School Division; Holy Spirit Catholic School Division; Prairie Rose School Division; Westwind School Division; Medicine Hat Public School Division; Livingstone Range School Division; Lethbridge School Division; and Horizon School Division.