09/02/2014 10:15 EDT | Updated 11/02/2014 05:59 EST

Regina students to get high school credits for military training

REGINA - A new agreement is allowing Regina high school students to receive two credits through the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve Co-op Program.

The credits will be handed out starting in February 2015 for students in both Regina public and Catholic high schools who complete the requirements of basic military training and take Canadian History 30.

To take the military training at the Regina Armoury, the students must be Canadian citizens and 16 years of age, with a minimum grade 10 education.

The program hopes that successful students will choose to continue to serve with the Canadian Army Reserve.

Education Minister Don Morgan says the agreement with the 38 Canadian Brigade Group addresses one of the goals in the Saskatchewan Plan for Growth.

It had said that by 2015 there will be an expansion of alternative credentials for high school completion through partnerships with school boards, teachers, training institutions, business and industry.

“Our government has deep respect for our Canadian Armed Forces and their commitment and dedication to serving our country and our youth,” Morgan said in a news release.

“The Primary Reserve Co-op Program will help students learn valuable life and leadership skills and I encourage other school divisions to explore similar dual credit opportunities.”