FARGO — North Dakota State University will transfer credits and waive some classes for qualifying North Dakota Air National Guard members, creating a partnership that officials say will help military members get through college and into the workforce faster.

NDSU President Dean Bresciani and Col. Darrin Anderson, leader of the Air National Guard base in Fargo, signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Memorial Union on campus. The agreement lets the school’s emergency management and criminal justice/political science departments waive requirements for minor degrees in those programs for military students who have completed 15 credits from a military institution.

It also paves the way to create transfer guides for Air Force members in those fields, which will prevent students from taking unnecessary or duplicate classes, NDSU said.

Bresciani said he would like to see the agreement expanded to other degrees. “I want this to grow and become something that is known and available and used by the entire university system to help people all across the state,” Anderson said.

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About 1,200 service members are on the Fargo base at any given time, many of whom are college age, Bresciani said. NDSU can help educate those soldiers, prepare them for future careers and possibly give them a reason to stay in the Fargo-Moorhead area, the president told The Forum.

“Everyone wins by that,” he said. “This is a workforce force that has never been tapped in the past or encouraged to stay after they complete their service requirements."