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Michigan State FlagHewlett-Packard has committed to hiring more than 200 developers, testers and architects at its Pontiac, Mich., subsidiary HP Enterprise Services. At the same time, Bloomfield Hills-based Lakeside Software will add another 90 people. The hires for both companies are to be trained through a federal grant. Automation Alley, an area tech business association, landed the $5 million training grant as part of the Labor Department's H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Competition. The competition seeks to train U.S. workers for jobs that companies have been hiring H-1B visa holders to do. HP will make its hires over the next four years in the Pontiac Application Delivery Center, which focuses on integration work for federal, state and local governments. Ericka Floyd, U.S. public sector public relations manager for HP's Enterprise Services, told Crain's Detroit Business that the company will be looking for developers, architects, program testers and "other specialists." Lakeside, which specializes in business intelligence technology, will also seek software developers, as well as database administrators and others. Since the grants were just awarded in February, the training has yet to be set up, but likely will involve Oakland Community College in Bloomfield Hills, which worked with Automation Alley in seeking the funds. This is just one of several training grant programs in which the college is involved. Michigan has been at the forefront of hiring news lately, with GE pledging to add 300 jobs at its Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Van Buren Township and Quicken Loans adding 1,000 people in Detroit, including 300 in IT.