PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Gov. Ralph Northam visited Tidewater Community College in Portsmouth on Wednesday, where he ceremonially signed workforce development legislation.
Northam toured TCC’s Skilled Trades Academy following the bill signing and a speech.
The bill, H.B. 2020, calls for the Virginia Community College System to create uniform instruction for registered apprenticeships in high-demand programs.
“We all think if our children don’t go to a four year college or university that they are not going to be successful, but the reality is you don’t necessarily need a 4-year education,” said Governor Northam. “There are a lot of well-paying jobs with 2-year educations and sometimes even shorter than that cerfification programs and even at the high school level focusing on vocational technical training.”
WAVY’s Laura Caso reports the Hampton Roads Workforce Council will be committing $25,000 per year to the TCC academy.
“Apprenticeships can be instrumental in gaining the practical experience and developing the high-demand skills to be competitive in our 21st century workforce,” said Governor Northam. “However, there are businesses across our Commonwealth that want to take on apprentices, but are not located in a region of the state where the necessary coursework is available. This bill will ensure that all Virginians have access to the related instruction they need take to advantage of apprenticeship programs, regardless of where they live.”