Fifty companies across North Carolina, including several in the Triangle, will receive nearly $1 million in grants for work force training that is designed to help employees improve skills, education and productivity.

The program will be administered by the Division of Workforce Development at the The Incumbent Workforce Development Training Program is funded by the federal government.

The companies contribute to the program as well. Some 1,700 workers will be included.

AW, the auto parts maker based in Durham, used one of these grants to train some 350 workers last year.

Several high tech firms will receive the grants, including RTP-based 3D software firm Geomagic and Triangle-based MicroMass Communications. Geomagic plans to train 20 employees with a $13,125 grant. MicroMass will receive a $25,725 grant to train 49 workers.

Companies in 30 counties will receive the grants.

“North Carolina’s workforce has a reputation for hard work, professionalism and versatility,” Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco said. “This program, and the productivity and enhanced skills it supports, is designed to benefit our state’s valued companies and the workers that form the core of their business strength.”

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