School Within a College (SWAC)

The School Within a College (SWAC) program provides students with the opportunity to complete their high school diploma, earn college-level credits, and learn in an adult learning environment in a college setting.

Students will build self-advocacy, literacy skills, and learning strategies in preparation to make a successful transition to post-secondary education. 

The primary focus is on students facing challenges in graduating and who have the potential to succeed in college. Beginning in September 2020, York Region District School Board has partnered with Seneca College to offer the School Within A College program. 

SWAC School Within a College Program flyer (PDF) is available for viewing and sharing.

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How does it work? 

The SWAC Program takes place at the Seneca College:  King Campus throughout the semester. Courses are delivered by Secondary School Teachers and College Instructors at Seneca College. YRDSB students can earn up to 6-8 credits in one semester. 

 

Sample schedule for t​he Sem​ester

  • 1-2 Credit Cooperative Education

  • 2 Dual Credit courses

  • 2 other OSSD courses

 

Online Dual Credit​ Courses 

Tentative Fall 2​021 and Winter 2022

College​ Course Code (Ministry Code)

Course Name

Day

Start Date 

End Date 

Time

PSY172 KZZ | HBH4T

Group Dynamics

Tuesday

Feb 23

Jun 1

9:50am-10:50am

PSY355 KZZ | HBN4TApplied Psychology of Learning and CareersThursdayFeb 24Jun 29:50am-10:50am

**Dual Credit classes will be entirely online for the Winter 2022 term

Courses will follow the same model as in previous online semesters (1 hour of synchronous learning from 9:50am-10:50am + 2 hours of asynchronous learning per week). 

 

Activities and Benefits

  • SWAC students are provided with a Presto Card (if applicable)
  • The SWAC program offers a Breakfast Program throughout the semester (in person)
  • The Dual Credit earned is counted towards a first-year course college and OSSD requirements. 
  • SWAC students will be registered college students and receive a student number and identification card.
  • Access to all college services space (Gym, Library, Computer labs) and events. (Note, that in the Fall 2021 school year, Seneca College will be closed)
  • Career Exploration activities and workshops which will be included in the SWAC program
  • An official transcript will be provided at the end of the course upon request.

 

Admission Requirements

Target Student Group: 

  • Students should be between the ages of 17-20 
  • Should have completed 22+ credits
  • Completed OSSLT or OSSLC (preferred but not required)
  • Early leavers
  • Apprenticeship and/or college-bound 

 

How to Apply

Students are recruited twice a year for September and February intakes. Interested students will apply online. Applications will be vetted and then students will attend an interview with YRDSB and Seneca College Staff in August or January.

For More Information

Contact YRDSB SWAC Teacher:  Julia Trenton

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