Gov. Ralph Northam (D) recently signed legislation to make tuition-free community college available to low and middle-income students who pursue jobs in certain fields.
Thank you Gov. Northam. While both my children attended 4 year colleges, I am thrilled that Virginia sees the big picture in helping those who may otherwise be unable to afford college.
This is a win/win for all Virginians. Those who have been stuck in the cycle of poverty will now have an opportunity to get themselves out. By learning a skill/trade, they will open up avenues to better their lives, have a career, earn a living wage, and improve the quality of life for themselves and their families.
This in turn will lessen the demand for public services (like food stamps, housing assistance, etc.) while increasing the pool of skilled employees to meet demand in the targeted fields.
Thank you Governor Northam and all those who made this possible.
When we all do well, we all prosper.