O'Gorman receives $50K grant to offer shop classes

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - A new program at a Sioux Falls high school is giving students a chance to learn about one of the most in-demand job fields -- construction.

O'Gorman High School is launching a shop class program made possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Sioux Empire Home Builders Foundation.

That money paid for textbooks, tools and equipment for the shop.

School officials said it has allowed them to teach students valuable skills in a growing industry.

"We want to be able to reach a wide range of students. We actually saw that in the number of students that took it this year," assistant principal Alex Anderson said. "We had students ranging from students who are going to four-year universities, to tech schools, to students who are going straight into the workforce. We want to diversify our classes, and being able to offer industrialized courses allows us to do that."

The new program has been a popular one. Of four classes offered, each filled up.

In all, 60 students took part in the program's first year.