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Gov. McAuliffe pushes for rural job growth at summit

Gov. Terry McAuliffe, touting his record on job creation Monday during a “Connecting Rural Virginia to the Global Economy” summit in Irvington, said there are tens of thousands of lucrative jobs currently available in Virginia for applicants with the proper training, but they’re not being filled.

“I have high-paying jobs open today—17,000 cyber jobs starting at $88,000—that any child in Mathews County can get,” said McAuliffe in response to a question about overcoming poverty in small, rural counties such as Mathews. “They don’t need a four-year degree. But they’ve got to have skills.”

Those skills can be developed in Virginia’s community college system, said McAuliffe, and their genesis can be in a younger population of students who are encouraged to “think cyber” through such efforts as CyberCamp—camps on cyber security held recently at high schools throughout the state.

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