Richmond, VA - Today, Anne Holton continued her tour of community colleges and universities across Virginia with stops at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg and Germanna Community College in Culpeper. At both schools, Holton highlighted Governor Kaine’s strategies to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum, workforce training, and career and technical education.
“As governor during the worst recession since the Great Depression, Tim had to make some tough cuts to keep Virginia’s economy moving forward,” said Holton. “He worked with members of both parties to cut more than $5 billion in state spending—including his own salary—but he also made sure to invest in priorities like higher education, career and technical education, and pre-k in order to strengthen the Commonwealth’s economy for the future.”
Throughout the day, Holton highlighted Kaine’s commitment to improving education as governor. During his term, Kaine worked across the aisle to pass a record higher education bond package, increase pre-k enrollment by 40 percent, and designate nine career and technical education programs as Governor’s Academies.
“As I've toured colleges and universities across the Commonwealth, I’ve seen exactly how my husband's investments in education as governor are renovating and constructing state-of-the-art academic facilities that help teachers equip our students with the skills they need to find jobs,” said Holton. “Tim cares deeply about talent issues and as our next senator he will continue to make higher education more accessible and affordable to strengthen our workforce and our economy.”
Previous stops on Holton's college tour across Virginia include visits to Tidewater Community College (Virginia Beach Campus), Norfolk State University, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College (Woodbridge Campus), Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale Campus), Rappahannock Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, John Tyler Community College, the College of William and Mary, Richard Bland College, Virginia Western Community College, Virginia State University, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College (Parham Campus), Thomas Nelson Community College, Christopher Newport University, Reston Center of Northern Virginia Community College and James Madison University.