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Gov. McDonnell Ceremonially Signs 2011 Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act

On Thursday, June 16, Gov. Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed the "Preparing for the Top Jobs of the 21st Century: The Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011" during a morning bill signing at Dominion Resources in Richmond. NVTC endorsed the legislation last February, and NVTC President and CEO Bobbie Kilberg testified in support of the legislation before the Senate Finance Committee's Subcommittee on Education on February 1, 2011. The legislation will add approximately 6,000 new slots for in-state students at Virginia colleges and universities this fall, will add more than 100,000 Virginians with college degrees to the workforce over the next 15 years, and places an emphasis on innovation, accountability and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Gov. McDonnell ceremonially signs the 'Top Jobs' legislation at Dominion Resources in Richmond  on June 16.
Gov. McDonnell ceremonially signs the 'Top Jobs' legislation at Dominion Resources in Richmond on June 16.

During the bill signing, Gov. McDonnell also announced the Virginia expansion of the Center for Excellence in Education's National Lab Skills Initiative (NLSI), which brings together academic and business leaders in order to increase Virginia residents' access to degrees leading to jobs of the future. The expansion of NLSI aligns with the goals of Gov. McDonnell's Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation and Investment, which includes several NVTC members. For more information about the bill signing and the 'Top Jobs' legislation, click here.