A specific high school class will now make a student eligible for a scholarship worth up to $2,500 — an incentive the government is now offering for those going into child care work after last Friday’s children’s services funding announcement.

That class, appropriately named child care, is being offered at just two of Calgary’s high schools — Jack James High School and Sir William Van Horne.

“Quite honestly, I don’t know why they don’t offer it in any high school … usually the problem is space,” said Pam Blake, who runs the course at Jack James school.


She says the grant would be great incentive for these kids to go on to post-secondary institutions since money is often an issue.

Dawn Delanay, communications manager for Calgary Child and Family Services, said the scholarship has very few stipulations except that the student must sign a return-service agreement depending on the amount of money they receive.

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