We are offering a School Within a College (SWAC) opportunity hosted at Fanshawe College London. SWAC is a program aimed at disengaged and underachieving students who have the potential to succeed but are at risk of not graduating, and students who have left school before graduating (see pg. 14 in The Dual Credit Programs: Policy and Program Requirements, (DCP) 2013). SWAC provides students with the chance to earn credits towards their OSSD while also taking up to four dual credit courses within a year. Students in this program will also receive support in becoming self directed, responsible, life long learners.
Students in the SWAC program will attend the Fanshawe College main campus (London) five days per week, and will participate in the dual credit day away program within their week at the college. All materials required for the dual credits taken through SWAC will be provided to the student by the college.
The primary focus group for SWAC are students who:
- Are ages 17-20
- Have completed 20+ credits, ideally 22 credits earned
- Meet the criteria for the primary focus group for SWAC (see Appendix A of the DCP, 2013 document)
- Have the potential to succeed in college
- Are ready for applied learning (Co-op)
- Wherever possible students will be referred to the SWAC program through the school Student Success teams using; the selection criteria above, the application form, and the DCP, 2013 document to guide the referral.
- The potential candidate will be required to fill out the SWAC application form and return it to their guidance counsellor.
- The application requires guidance and administration signatures and is then forwarded to the school board lead through email.
- Applications received will be considered based on the selection criteria and the student’s suitability* for the program (see below). Students will be contacted by the SWAC teacher.
*Suitability for SWAC is determined on the basis of one or more of the following (from DCP, 2013):
- Review of students OSR and/or credit counselling summary
- Interview with the student
- Recommendations of teachers
- Discussion among members of the school Student Success team regarding the options that provide the best fit with the student’s interests, strengths, and needs
- Student is from the primary focus group