Throughout American history, community colleges have provided an important pathway to higher education for individuals from all socioeconomic backgrounds. They were founded in the early 20th century with the belief that a more skilled workforce would result in a stronger workforce. That remains true to this day where these schools offer an array of programs to strengthen our workforce including associate degrees, vocational programs, and certificate programs among many others. These degrees prepare you for any type of career for a fraction of the cost of a four-year university. Last month, I was fortunate to tour the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Alexandria campus and I want to share what I learned.