Hermiston students will trade pencils for hammers

HERMISTON, Oreg. - Thanks to a large state grant Hermiston High school is getting kids out of the classroom and looking to build students into builders themselves.

Hermiston will offer a class where students build a single-family home. Kids will get training in the classroom and then on the job site with local contractors. Teachers say the goal is to give students real world experience.

"We're not tricking them into learning, but it sure is nice to have the incentive and for students to have a reason to get up in the morning, to come down and to do something they know is a positive and will last forever, type of experience," said program coordinator, Curt Berger.

The program starts this fall thanks to a $400,000 grant. Umatilla and Stanfield students will also be able to participate.