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Virginia to invest over $1 billion in computer science degrees, impact on the NRV

[2019.11.08, Fri 05:03] NEW RIVER VALLEY, Va.- More than a billion dollars over 20 years-that was Governor Ralph Northam's announcement on Thursday as part of the state's plan to produce over 31,000 graduates in computer science. "These are great, positive steps towards progress," said Virginia Tech spokesman Mark Owczarski. "Today really speaks to the state's commitment and their investment in not just Virginia Tech, but in higher education across the state." As the fifth largest contributor to U.S. computer science and engineering degrees, Virginia Tech said this multi-million dollar investment is simply the next step to fill an industry need. Virginia Tech plans to keep doing what they have been doing to contribute to the Tech Talent Pipeline by continuing to build the new campus in Northern Virginia, doubling the number of undergraduate degrees they're putting forth, hiring more than 100 new faculty members and continuing to build new facilities in Blacksburg. "Together we're going to make Virginia stronger, a more robust economy and help bring, attract and retain the companies that will represent the jobs in the future," Owczarski said. Virginia Tech has committed to over 16,000 graduates and will receive up to $545 million from the state.
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