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(Little Rock) (AP) – An initiative aimed at helping provide training assistance to students at risk of dropping out of high school will be launched in Arkansas and other states.

Delta Regional Authority announced Sunday that it’s teaming with Delaware Gov. Jack Markell to invest $350,000 into Jobs for America’s Graduates Inc.

Markell is chairman of the program’s national board.

Authority officials say $20,000 will go to 10 Delta schools, $50,000 will go to the national Jobs for America’s Graduates organization to implement the initiatives, and another $50,000 will be awarded in upcoming cycles.

The authority’s goal is to develop personal and leadership skills for 35 to 45 students in each school and hold costs to an estimated $1,500 per participant.

Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee also are getting new programs.

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