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Explore pathways to college through the School College Work Initiative (SCWI) — a program for high school students. This initiative is jointly funded by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.


Every year Seneca’s School College Work Initiative awards Dual Credit Bursaries worth $1,000 to students who have successfully completed a dual credit course at Seneca and are now enrolled in a full-time Seneca program.

Applications for the academic year 2020/2021 are now open. Please complete the bursary application (PDF) and email it to The deadline to apply is Oct. 23, 2020.

Program Areas

Dual Credit

Dual Credit courses allow secondary school students to take publicly funded college or apprenticeship courses that count towards both their high school diploma and a postsecondary certificate, diploma, degree or Certificate of Apprenticeship. The courses are free, provide an introduction to the postsecondary experience and allow students to gain exposure to a chosen career path.

Adult Dual Credit

The Adult Dual Credit program is a available to students 19 years of age or older who are completing their high school credentials. Seneca has a partnership with the York Region District School Board and Dr. Bette Stephenson Center for Learning.  Students attending this school can enroll in a college course that will count towards both their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and a postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or a Certificate of Apprenticeship course. Students benefit from the supervision and support of their college instructor, their dual credit monitoring teacher and their college student advisor.  

School Within a College (SWAC)

These programs are composed of secondary school courses and postsecondary Dual Credit courses delivered entirely at one of Seneca’s campuses. Students attend classes on campus on a full-time basis. The secondary school courses are taught by secondary school teachers, and the postsecondary Dual Credit courses are taught by professors or instructors, within a collaborative learning community on campus.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The program integrates eligible students into a school-to-work environment through hands-on practical and theoretical courses. Students complete courses and work towards becoming certified in a skilled trade while completing their high school diploma. 


Elementary and high school students participate in experiential workshops and lectures held on campus. Workshops are run by faculty, current students and community partners, allowing students to explore program areas and prepare for postsecondary studies.

Hear from our students

Olivia You
"The Dual Credit Program was an excellent way to learn in a college setting. The learning environment was different from high school — content was delivered in a hands-on way and during my course I even had the opportunity to use real forensic techniques through mock crime scenes!”
- Olivia You, Forensic Crime Scene Investigation Dual Credit Program, 2018

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