Virginia governor visits Mary Baldwin University, discusses higher education

Published: May. 20, 2019 at 8:49 PM EDT
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Governor Ralph Northam visited Mary Baldwin University on Monday to give remarks at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) meeting and discuss his priorities for higher education in Virginia.

In front of SCHEV officials and leaders of Virginia’s private, non-profit colleges and universities, Northam emphasized the importance of job creation.

"If you ask the average person out on the street, what is important to you and your family, at the top of the list is to have a job that they can support themselves and their family no matter who they are or where they are in Virginia," Northam said.

The governor also touching on the importance of small and minority businesses in Virginia's economy, as well as STEAM-H education which stands for science, technology, engineering, art, math and healthcare.

"There are fields like cyber security, unmanned aerial systems, bio technology, artificial intelligence, data collection, and data analysis," Northam said. "So we have to identify those jobs and then communicate between the business world and our education system train individuals."