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      Group to aid rural, urban teaching in Michigan

      Forty-three people have been selected to participate in a program to develop math, science, engineering and technology teachers for several Michigan rural and urban school districts.

      The state announced Wednesday the fourth class of fellows will receive $30,000 to pursue master's degrees at one of several state universities.

      The program recruits recent college graduates and those seeking different careers. This year's fellows include an engineer who mentors new mothers, a physicist who has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a zookeeper.

      They will teach in districts including Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Ypsilanti.

      The Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched the program in 2009. It's administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

      Michigan has named 239 fellows to date.