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A network of 116 high schools and eight community college campuses in San Diego County was Wednesday awarded a $13.1 million state grant to fund education programs in manufacturing, clean energy, and information and communications technology.

The grant from the state Department of Education was awarded to the San Diego County College and Career Readiness Consortium, via the San Diego County Office of Education.

The money will pay for professional development for teachers and counselors, curriculum development and industry engagement, with help from the United Way of San Diego County and San Diego Workforce Partnership.

“This program will provide coordinated systems for career exploration and work-based learning in high schools and community colleges,” said county Superintendent of Schools Randolph Ward. “If students train for the careers they want in high school and in college, they will seamlessly transition into that career. It is a win-win for students and businesses.”

The award was one of the largest of 40 made by the state, which passed out $244 million.

—City News Service

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