In partnership with SAIT, the district offers a free two-year program earn a Dual-Credit Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year.
Note: Students are required to purchase textbooks and manuals over the course of the program.
About the programProgram benefits
The program focuses on nutrition and its role in human development, disease, current trends and the principles of critically evaluating information about nutrition. Students will also learn about sports nutrition, health promotion and behaviour change. Students will modify and evaluate recipes for population needs and complete a major project related to their areas of interest in healthy living.
Students complete their high school diploma requirements using SAIT nutrition courses as CTS credits. This Program has been designed to fulfill requirements of Alberta Education, and the SAIT Dual-Credit Nutrition Program.
SAIT instructors will deliver the Program at SAIT campus with some materials delivered online through SAIT’s D2L system. Students will also be supervised by a CCSD off-campus teacher. Courses are delivered three mornings a week Monday to Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Note: A maximum of 24 students will be enrolled each year and there is no practicum.
This dual-credit program prepares students to enter the workforce as a nutrition counselor. Successful graduates of the program will:
- Earn 36 high school CTS credits
- Earn 22.5 SAIT credits
- Receive a SAIT Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Certificate of Completion
- Receive the opportunity to write the Government of Alberta Food Safety and Sanitation exam to receive certification in Food Safety and Sanitation.
A nutrition counselor advises people on how food and nutrition influences their health. Counselors are increasingly in demand as people look for accurate nutritional information and a healthier lifestyle. Students train to become fitness centre and weight management clinic counselors.
In the Dual-Credit Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles Program, students train to become a nutrition counsellor for health and wellness programs at fitness centres, weight management clinics or contract their services as a nutrition counsellor.
Note: This program does not qualify students to work as registered dieticians.
Any CCSD high school student is eligible to apply for this program and must:
- Complete HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems course
- Achieve 60 per cent in the following courses whole enrolled in the Dual Credit program:
- Math 20-1 or 20-2
- ELA 30-1 or 30-2
- Chemistry 20 or Biology 20 or Biology 30 or Physics 30
- Commit to this four-semester program
- Attend all classes
- Be at least 15 years old at the start of the program
Students may begin the Program in the second semester of Grade 10 or Grade 11.
Note: Students who begin Grade 11 would need to complete the program one semester after graduating high school.
Apply at your high school through the counselor, career practitioner or off campus teacher.