U.S. Senator Tim Kaine visited Louisa County High School and Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Mineral Tuesday as he continues his two-week tour of the Commonwealth.
The school remains under construction after being heavily damaged in an earthquake just over three years ago. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School just reopened in a new building after it was heavily damaged in the 2011 quake.
“After the earthquake, the county went into a good problem-solving mode to deal with the immediate emergency, but then you have to build the new facilities. The federal government played a major role in that," said Kaine.
While in Mineral, the former governor and City of Richmond mayor visited classrooms where students were studying small animal care, turf maintenance, auto mechanics, and culinary arts, and learned about the high school's dual enrollment programs, which allow schools to partner with area community colleges for certain courses.
“Louisa has a great track record of CTE programs and they do them right in the high school. They do it in the school because they have realized you now get some of the best jobs in the country with a high school degree and technical training, not necessarily the four-year college degree. High schools can give kids a great head start through strong CTE programs in the k-12 system, and Louisa's has a very good reputation.”
Kaine is expected to be in Newport News tomorrow as his tour continues.
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