As Congress sets out to overhaul the federal law that governs higher education, Rep. Ben Cline, in stops across Western Virginia this week, is learning more about innovative ways to provide accessible and affordable college degrees.
At the Roanoke Higher Education Center on Monday, Cline, R-Rockbridge, watched students prepare food in the culinary classrooms and toured a realistic setup of hospital hallways lined with rooms filled with equipment used by nursing students for hands-on clinical practices. The center is home to more than 300 programs offered by 11 organizations, from major universities like Virginia Tech to local nonprofit Total Action for Progress. More than 10,000 students have completed programs at the center.
“I want to see what works, what doesn’t,