DETROIT (AP) -- The General Motors Foundation is giving $27.1 million to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to help increase graduation rates and rebuild the area's skilled work force.
The donation announced Friday is the largest in the GM Foundation's 34-year history.
The money will go toward creating what's known as a network of excellence.
The network will choose five high schools from which to create up to 20 academies along with establishing five early learning communities to help get young children ready for kindergarten.
The donation is being made to the tune of $5 million a year for the next five years plus $425,000 a year for the five early childhood learning communities.