My colleague, Ellen Davenport, did a great job in this post of summing up what state leaders have done with the Virginia Higher Education bond bill and what it means for Virginia’s Community Colleges:
There are 25 projects included for Virginia’s community colleges. The total value of the projects is estimated at $240.7 million. Community colleges received 23.8% of the total capital outlay funding provided in the bill.
I wanted to add to it by sharing with you some of the news coverage the legislation is getting in media across Virginia (click on the publication’s name to follow a link to the story):
Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights received $43 million for safety improvements and planning for the future in a statewide bond package approved Wednesday by the General Assembly.
The referendum will fund about 75 projects at colleges, universities and education centers across the state, including projects at Longwood University, Danville Community College, Patrick Henry Community College and Southside Community College.
The (Fredericksburg) Free Lance-Star:
Those projects include $18.4 million to construct the Dahlgren campus of the University of Mary Washington, $37 million to construct an information and technology convergence center at UMW, and $25.8 million for an academic services building at Germanna Community College.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College: $10.8 million to renovate its downtown facility. John Tyler Community College: $1.6 million for library renovations at the Chester campus.
The bond package includes projects for two community colleges serving Franklin County. It contains $22.7 million for a new science and technology building at Virginia Western Community College. Patrick Henry Community College will receive $8.7 million for a new motorsports workforce development center.
Most of the money will be spent on projects for community colleges and universities, including George Mason University in Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia Community College system. An additional $1 billion will be borrowed to spend on planning for another 25 projects.
Posted by Jeff Kraus