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The Niagara County Community College board of trustees Wednesday accepted five grants totaling $515,886 to help the college continue some existing programs as well as to begin some new ones.

The board voted to accept a $157,714 grant from the state Labor Department to assist youth between the ages of 14 and 21 in Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda who are in danger of dropping out of school.

The trustees also accepted $285,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to continue to run the college's Small Business Development Center.

In another matter, President Antonette J. Cleveland said the college's enrollment is 4,731. Originally, college officials had projected this year's enrollment at 4,883 -- which would have been an increase of 23 students from the 1989-99 school year.

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