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      Local colleges using grants to boost job training

      Baker College is using federal grant money to develop job training programs.

      Colleges and universities across Michigan are sharing more than $26 million in federal funds to expand and develop job training programs.

      The grants announced Wednesday come from the Labor Department and are part of $475 million going to schools across the nation.

      The largest state grants are going to Baker College in Flint and Macomb Community College in Warren. Macomb is getting about $9 million as the lead college in a consortium of eight educational institutions in Michigan.

      Other schools receiving money are in Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Lansing and Livonia.

      The grants come from a federal program that promotes skill development and job opportunities in advanced manufacturing, transportation, health care, engineering and other fields. The efforts link training providers with local employers.