Gov. Northam unveils tuition-free community college program for low- and middle-income students

From left are Rappahannock Community College president Shannon Kennedy, Gov. Ralph Northam and chancellor of the Virginia Community College System Glenn Dubois.

Gov. Ralph Northam recently announced his proposed budget will include $145 million over the biennium to make tuition-free community college available to low- and middle-income students who pursue jobs in high-demand fields.

The Governor’s “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” initiative, or “G3” program, will provide financial support to cover tuition, fees and books for eligible students at the Commonwealth’s two-year public institutions, including Rappahannock Community college (RCC).

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to get a good education and a good job, no matter who you are or how much money you have,” said Gov. Northam. “This is an investment in equity and our economy—by helping Virginians get the skills they need, we’re building a world-class workforce while…