06/19/2012 01:29 EDT | Updated 08/19/2012 05:12 EDT

After-school work could earn students credit in Nova Scotia high schools

HALIFAX - High school students in Nova Scotia who spend time at 4-H or in the cadets will be able to earn credit for their work outside class starting in September.

The first-phase of the personal development credit announced by Education Minister Ramona Jennex will also include students who participate in Dance Nova Scotia and Junior Achievement.

The program will give students a chance to earn a full or half elective credit on their high school transcripts.

The Education Department will accept applications in September for possible inclusion in the program next year from other community programs that promote leadership, arts or language training.