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Ypsilanti — Washtenaw Community College will receive a federal grant of almost $900,000 for academic and occupational skills training for at-risk young people, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell announced Friday.

The grant from the Department of Labor’s YouthBuild program will serve Ypsilanti and Ypsilanti Township.

WCC will use the money to expand construction skills training with local employers and municipalities. The school also plans to establish a pre-apprenticeship program for prospective ironworkers.

YouthBuild is an alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training in construction and other high-demand fields for 16-to24-year-olds who have dropped out of high school, been in the juvenile justice system or who are aging out of foster care.

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