Four projects created to 'reinvigorate the south of Scotland’s economy and stimulate inclusive growth', have received £7.7million funding from the Scottish Government.
The projects across Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders aim to provide career opportunities and build community resilience - including funding to deliver the 'Annan Action Plan', after recent announcement of the closure of Pinneys.
The main share of the funding goes to Borders and Dumfries and Galloway colleges to boost digital learning.
A Hawick textiles centre of excellence, regeneration in Annan and community projects are also being funded.
Announcing the funding during a visit to Dumfries College, Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing said: