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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A total $16 million will be allocated among six community colleges in Ohio to help strengthen workforce development education and training.

The grants announced recently by the Ohio Board of Regents are to be used to build and renovate facilities and purchase equipment to help students gain the education and skills needed for careers in regional industries.

The money was allocated through the state's capital construction budget.

State officials say 18 proposals were submitted for funding and were evaluated to determine which had the most impact for students and for Ohio's economy.

The grants range from $471,000 to $5 million. Schools include Lorain County Community College, Rhodes State Community College and North Central State College. Lakeland Community College, Stark State College and Clark State College also are getting grants.

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