05/06/2013 02:12 EDT | Updated 07/06/2013 05:12 EDT

Alberta puts up $11M to expand dual-credit program for high school students

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says it will invest $11 million over three years to help more students earn class credits that might get them jobs.

Premier Alison Redford told students at a downtown Edmonton high school that the province is adding courses for which they can earn high school and post-secondary credits at the same time.

The dual credits can also lead to workplace certification.

The program is already available for welding, culinary arts and pre-engineering courses.

Redford says it gives students a "leg up" as they prepare to enter the workforce.