VIU in the News - Cowichan students learning while taking double the credit

October 2, 2012 - 2:37am

By Krista Siefken, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

September 29, 2012

Local high school students take their education a cut above the high-school level, learning hair stylings techniques in a program that gives them credit with both School District 79 and with Vancouver Island University.

What education in the 21st century should look like is a topic of debate across the province, but for School District 79’s acting director of middle/secondary education, an obvious answer is found in a Duncan hair salon.

This particular hair salon is situated in a portable classroom at Vancouver Island University. Local high school students are studying to be hairdressers, simultaneously obtaining their high school diploma and a hair dressing certificate that’ll allow them to start their careers as soon as they’ve finished the K-12 system.

It’s tuition-free, too.

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