The federal government is launching a $7 million grant program to help kick-start training to prepare laid-off autoworkers and other unemployed people for a second career, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. The grants will provide initial funds for community colleges and other organizations that help adults develop new career skills.

The programs can provide services such as tutoring or academic and career counseling, or they could remove financial constraints for adults returning to school by taking care of child care, transportation, or textbook costs.

"This is a real opportunity for us to help out and give adults a chance to get back...

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