BOSTON (AP) — A group of Massachusetts community colleges has received $20 million in federal funding as part of a nationwide effort to design job training programs that provide the new technical skills workers need.

The grant was announced Monday by the U.S. Labor Department. The group includes 15 community colleges and is led by Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.

The colleges plan to work with other educators, private businesses and government to focus education and training for young and older workers on key sectors of the economy where employers have trouble filling skilled jobs. Some of those include life sciences, information technology, health care, advanced manufacturing, financial services and clean energy.

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