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Maryland officials awarded about $5 million in grants Monday to help industry-led groups launch worker training programs.

The grants were made through the state's fledgling Employment Advancement Right Now — or EARN — initiative. Twenty-eight groups received an average of $179,000 each for partnerships in biotechnology, construction, health care, manufacturing and other fields.

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EARN's goal is to help employers deal with skills-gap problems and assist workers trying to get on a career ladder to good jobs.

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