School Within a College - Fanshawe College

The School Within a College (SWAC) program is for disengaged and underachieving students who are in their last year of secondary school and require eight to ten credits to graduate. Students in this program spend every day at Fanshawe College. The SWAC program offers students the opportunity to take up to four School to College to Work Dual Credit College courses and earn secondary school credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

All dual credit college courses are taught by a member of the college faculty and the secondary curriculum instruction is provided by a Thames Valley District School Board teacher.

Contact your school's guidance department for more information.


What Makes a Student Eligible?

Students must:

  • be between 17-20 years of age
  • be registered with TVDSB Alternative Education
  • have a minimum of 20 credits
  • have the academic ability to navigate college-level courses
What is the Student Responsible for?

Students enrolled in this program are considered college students and will be treated as any other student in Ontario's college system. They are subject to the same rules of conduct and student responsibilities as all other college students.

Counselling is available to all students enrolled in the college system but it is the student's responsibility to request it.

Students taking part in this program are expected to attend an orientation session prior to attending classes at the College. Students are required to complete an evaluation of the program upon completion of their course(s).

How much will it Cost?
Currently, the costs of academic registration fees, student service fees, book requirements and transportation will be covered by the School to College to Work Initiative funding until such monies are depleted.
 How will students benefit?
  • Experience college life at little or no cost to the student or parent.
  • Observe and exploring a number of postsecondary courses and programs offered at Conestoga College.
  • Earn Ontario College credits while still in high school and having the option to use transferability agreements that are in place among Ontario's colleges.
  • Discover a new and innovative learning environment.
  • Earn an approved secondary school credit upon successful completion of approved College course(s).

For more information, contact:

Tom Smith

Thames Valley District School Board


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