Programs in New Hampshire and Maine are receiving a total of nearly $1.5 million in grants to help out-of-school youth earn a high school diploma while learning skills in construction, health care, information technology and other fields. Southern New Hampshire Services Inc., in Manchester is receiving over $768,000 in YouthBuild grants. The Biddeford Housing Authority in Maine is receiving $685,000 in grants. YouthBuild is a community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to at-risk people ages 16 to 24. Many participants have been in the juvenile justice system, are leaving foster care or have dropped out of high school. The grants announced Tuesday from the U.S. Labor Department are the first awarded under new regulations that expand occupational skills beyond construction to include fast-growing industries such as health care and information technology.