Statement from Chancellor Sarah Tucker on passage of free community college bill
Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia, released the following statement following final passage of Senate Bill 1 by the West Virginia Legislature. This legislation establishes the WV Invests Grant, a “last dollar in” program through which students will use other federal and/or state grant awards first, with WV Invests covering the remaining costs for tuition and fees at the state’s community and technical colleges.
“Only one-third of our state’s population has the training they need beyond high school, yet three-quarters of jobs in our current economy require postsecondary education or training,” Chancellor Tucker said. “The Legislature recognized how critical it is for our state to fill this gap with the passage of WV Invests, and I thank them for the dedicated vision it took to get here today. This grant will serve adults who want to go to school for the first time or finish what they started years before, as well as high school students enrolled in technical pathways that lead to community college programs.
“I am immensely proud of the work we’re doing through our two-year institutions. We are working hand-in-hand with business and industry to quickly meet their workforce training needs, and as a result we’re seeing many of our academic programs reach 100 percent job placement rates. WV Invests will allow us to meet even more of those workforce demands, help even more West Virginians reach their career goals, and truly transform our state's economy."
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