By 2027, 70 percent of all jobs in the United States will require education beyond high school. Access to higher education will therefore be a prerequisite.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe today released his plan to make higher education more affordable and connect Virginians to opportunities across the Commonwealth of Nations.
The McAuliffe plan will give students a clear path to the job market while removing the barriers that prevent them from succeeding. As governor, McAuliffe will work with the General Assembly and the Department of Education to align Virginia programs with the needs of in-demand industries and fight for affordable and flexible options for higher education.
The plan provides for increased access to dual enrollment programs and programs that allow students to obtain relevant certifications while continuing their education. McAuliffe will also work with the legislature to improve state data collection efforts so Virginia can better align education and training opportunities for students and fill gaps in the workforce.
The effort will also strengthen the ability of the State Board of Higher Education of Virginia to approve programs more quickly and integrate students into high-demand education streams like nursing, teaching and more. .
âJust this week, Virginia was named the nation’s best state for business for the second time in a row – and we got here by investing in our education system and our workforce,â McAuliffe said. âAs the 72nd Governor of Virginia, I redesigned Virginia’s workforce training program, invested in learning, and ensured that our community colleges can offer affordable industry certifications and professional licenses. .
“As Glenn Youngkin opposes the US bailout, which includes vital funding for higher education, I will work with lawmakers to ensure our higher education system prepares Virginians for quality jobs and well paid available here in the Commonwealth. “
To learn more about Terry’s plans for Virginia’s future, visit www.TerryMcAuliffe.com.