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School-within-a-College (SWAC)

What is a School-within-a-College (SWAC) Dual Credit Program?

In a SWAC program, secondary school students take all their classes, including secondary school courses and dual credits, on a college campus. The program is offered to students from Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. They will be registered as St. Oscar Romero students once accepted into the program. All classes are at Sheridan’s bright, modern HMC campus in Mississauga.

What Students Are Saying About This Program

“I chose to take the Dual Credit course because I wanted a more mature environment. I came every day to school and many days even stayed after school to finish my assignments. I love the teachers, how they support you and help you from failing. I think this program is great. This program definitely changed my outlook on college. I am no longer scared about going to college, the ‘nervousness’ I’ll feel next time is going to be excitement not ‘scaredom’. This program encouraged me to pursue my dream to get a college diploma.”

“I took this program to help me graduate. I like the teachers and the experience.”

What Will I Learn/Do?

As a student registered at Sheridan, you’ll be part of college life, just like other students on campus. You’ll have access to college services, but at the same time, you’ll retain the benefits and supports of a secondary school student. Your teachers and professors will work together to support your learning and help you to be successful. Being in a SWAC is a great way to find out what it’s really like to be at college – you’ll be able to fit right in and get a head start on college by taking up to four general education elective courses as dual credits.

*How It Works:

In addition to your high school courses, you will have the opportunity to take two college courses in each semester. Depending on the total number of credits you need to graduate from high school, you may be in the program for one semester or two. Classes run five days per week from September to June, following the normal high school calendar, but dual credit courses will normally be delivered over a 14 week period in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.

Secondary Credits 
Days/Wk Full SWAC Program runs from Sept. to June*
# Wks – Secondary classes
# Wks – Dual Credits
Term Fall - Winter
Campus/City Hazel McCallion Campus/ Mississauga
Courses General Elective General Elective

Course Descriptions:

Sheridan’s general education courses all employ a variety of interactive approaches such as videos, in-class activities, debates, group discussions, and online research to make learning engaging and lively.

Human Perspectives on World Issues (Semester 2/Winter-Spring):

This course is designed to provide students with an introductory overview of sociology in the context of Canadian society. This includes an examination of the complex nature of the social dynamics within our society. Topics include the sociological imagination, sociological perspectives, analysis of culture, interaction in social groups and institutions, race and gender, and economic and social differences related to access of opportunity. Through interactive lecture, videos, in-class activities, role play, discussion, and small group work, students will develop their understanding of the social world in which they live.

Wellness & Healthy Living (Semester 2/Winter-Spring):

You’ll investigate your own personal well-being through the exploration of the fundamental principles of physical and mental health, applied to various day-to-day activities or issues, allowing you to make positive decisions that lead to a healthy lifestyle. Topics covered include: dealing with stress, exercise and physical fitness, nutrition, sexual health, substance and non-substance addiction, personal safety, and environmentally- friendly health choices.

Pathways to Full Time Sheridan Programs:

Opportunities to connect with Recruitment, Career Services and other Student Services representatives are arranged so that you can explore your college and career options. Many SWAC graduates have gone on to enroll in a Sheridan program and find that having the SWAC experience is a big asset to them as they make the transition to post-secondary learning. You may want to check out the story of one of our recent SWAC grads (link to success story).

Further Academic/Career Pathways:

Your General Education courses will give you a wide range of college program options because they are part of every certificate or diploma program. Whether you enjoy technology, business, social services, the arts or anything in between, there’s a world of opportunity out there for you as a graduate of the Sheridan-Archbishop Romero SWAC Dual Credit Program. It’s a great first step into a whole new future for you!