PORTLAND (AP) — Maine will receive $9 million in federal aid to help students with disabilities prepare for college and employment.

The money is going from the federal Department of Education to the Maine Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. says the grant will help the state transition more students with disabilities into college and careers when they are done with high school.

The federal education department says Maine’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will serve at least 200 students with disabilities per year within two years of graduation.

The grant is part of $39 million in federal education grants that are going to five states. The other four are California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont. Maine’s grant is the largest of the five.

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