December 01, 2014

Kaine Tours GWU Science & Technology Campus In Ashburn, Speaks With Nursing Students

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine joined George Washington University (GWU) President Steven Knapp on a tour of the School of Nursing’s state-of-the-art Skills and Simulation Lab at the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn. After the tour, Kaine spoke with School of Nursing students, including participants in the Veterans Bachelor of Science Nursing Program that helps veterans transition their military skills into a nursing career, about the demand for skilled healthcare workers in the Commonwealth and across the nation.

“I wanted to come and learn about the nursing program here at George Washington, which does a great job for the students who are pursuing careers in healthcare,” said Kaine. “Technical training is important, especially now with the significant and growing need for highly trained health care professionals. GW is at the pinnacle of training for health professions and campuses like this are where the solutions lie.”

The George Washington School of Nursing is ranked among the top 50 nursing schools in the country. Through an agreement with Virginia Community Colleges, the GW School of Nursing offers guaranteed admission to students who graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from any accredited community college nursing program in Virginia and who meet certain academic requirements. 

Kaine co-chairs the bipartisan Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, which focuses on improving and strengthening access to CTE to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for the jobs of the 21st century. Since taking office, one of Kaine’s top priorities has been reducing veterans unemployment and helping to ease the transition from active duty to a civilian career. Kaine’s first bill, the Troop Talent Act, provides active duty servicemembers with the tools they need to receive credentials for the skills they acquire through military training. Key provisions of the Troop Talent Act passed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2014.