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McAuliffe signs bill creating workforce training program

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed legislation that he says will make Virginia the first state in the country to create a pay-for-performance workforce training program.

Under the new law, the state will provide grants to cover two-thirds of the tuition for programs that train workers for in-demand jobs. Students have to cover the remainder of the cost.

The state will only pay the first third of the cost once the student finishes the workforce training program. The remaining grant will be provided when the student earns his or her certificate or license.

McAuliffe said during a signing ceremony on the Capitol steps Thursday that Virginia businesses are "hungry for skilled workers" and that the new law will help the state fill thousands of in-demand jobs.

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