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Letter: Local students would benefit from G3

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Rappahannock Community College has been transforming lives, strengthening communities, and inspiring excellence for the past 50 years. RCC, the only higher education institution in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, has educated the majority of our area nurses, paramedics, tractor trailer drivers, and welders.

Even though RCC is affordable and awards nearly $500,000 per year in scholarships, only 33 percent of our citizens over 25 years of age have had any higher education. This is significant as 65 percent of all jobs now require some form of higher education.

The proposed Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) initiative can help change these statistics. If passed by the General Assembly, G3 will provide tuition and other assistance to low- and middle-income students who attend RCC in high-demand, high-value programs. At RCC, that means nursing, cybersecurity, HVAC, diesel mechanics technology, electronics, web design, paramedic and others. Students e...

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