SHERMAN, Texas (KTEN) — The Sherman Independent School District will soon introduce a technology program, the first of its kind in Grayson County at the high school level.

Workforce Solutions Texoma received a $150,000 high-demand job training grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to help meet the needs of Sherman's burgeoning high-tech industry.

The grant to Sherman High School was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Sherman Economic Development Corporation for a total of $300,000.

"Our new electronic engineering technology lab is an opportunity for our students to earn a Level 1 certificate, allowing them to graduate and immediately be eligible to be hired by our semiconductor industry partners right here in Sherman," explained Sherman ISD career and technical education coordinator Elizabeth Clayton.

The grant money will be used to purchase equipment and train students and teachers. The certification will be the first of its kind at any Texas high school.

"The opportunity to have our students trained as electronic technicians and able to graduate and immediately be hired and work in the semiconductor industry not only changes their lives, but it will impact the Sherman community as a whole," Clayton said.

As Texas Instruments, GlobiTech and others provide job openings, Sherman ISD believes their students will be ready to fill them.

"Obviously, they are all going to need new hires," said Workforce Solutions Texoma deputy director Marsha Lindsey. "Those folks will be either will be moving here to live here, and so it will definitely benefit our local economy."

The high school program is expected to begin in the fall.