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Anne Holton talks about workforce training during tour of Germanna’s Daniel Technology Center

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Anne Holton, former First Lady of Virginia, toured Germanna Community College’s Daniel Technology Center in Culpeper today. GCC Center for Workforce Businesss & Career Coordinator Ben Sherman, at right, told her about industrial maintenance and homeland security classes and summer courses intended to get grade schoolers interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) early, including a Video Game Maker class.

Former Virginia First Lady Anne Holton toured Germanna Community College’s Daniel Center in Culpeper today after a visit to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. It was part of a series of visits to college campuses across the Commonwealth. Her husband,  former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, is running for the U.S. Senate against George Allen, another former Virginia governor who is also a former senator.

She talked with GCC Vice President for Administrative Services Rick Brehm and Germanna Center for Workforce & Community Education Business and Career Coordinator Ben Sherman about workforce training that’s closing the skills gap by preparing students to take jobs area companies need to fill.

“I love the workforce-community college connection,” Holton said. “It’s so important.”

She praised Germanna and other Virginia community colleges for working with businesses to help steer students toward careers in fields that are hiring. She also lauded the Virginia Community College System career coaches program, which places advisors in high schools.

From 1998 to 2005, Holton was a  Richmond Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge. She said too many of the young people she saw in court had no idea what they wanted to do in life or even what the possibilities were.

Susan Allen made stops on her husband’s behalf  at restaurants in Stafford and Fredericksburg today.