- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission will be used to help train Alabama workers for jobs in the automotive industry.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs said in a statement that Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa will use a grant of more than $368,000 to train workers in Hale County to qualify for jobs in the automotive manufacturing field. Another grant of $1.7 million is being given to Trenholm State Technical College.

Officials say Shelton State hopes to have 1,500 people participate in the training program. Officials say the community college is also offering more than $92,000 in matching funds for pair with the grant.

Officials say Trenholm State plans to use the grant to offer training in coordination with the Macon County Public Schools system.

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