On March 29th & 30th, 2017, educators, legislators, business and community leaders, parents, and students came together for the Third Annual Delaware Pathways Conference in Downtown Wilmington, Delaware.

The Conference explored how Delaware’s workforce system- businesses, educators, community organizations, and State agencies- can ensure inclusion across the implementation of Delaware Pathways.

Presentations from the 2017 Conference:

Conference Welcome, Day 1
Mark Brainard, President, Delaware Technical Community College

Cause & Effect: Delaware’s College Remediation Rates Class of 2015
Shana Payne, Director, Delaware Office of Higher Education

Conference Welcome, Day 2
Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Power

Role of the Intermediary
Paul Morris & Kim Joyce, Delaware Technical Community College

Rachel Turney, Division of Employment & Training

Partnership Panel: It’s All About Talent!
Bill Potter, Delaware Workforce Development Board

ZipCode Wilmington: Not All Pathways Look Alike
Ben DuPont, Chartline Capital Partners


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Recap: Conference Program

In case you missed it, here's the 2017 Conference Program

2017 Conference Recap

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from legislators on the future of Delaware Pathways; business leaders who implement inclusive work-based learning opportunities; community organizations who are focusing in on opportunity youth; and students who will share their Pathways stories.

Breakout and plenary sessions will address topics like: ensuring college and career success for all students; public-private partnerships that build momentum for all of Delaware’s workforce system; coordinating efforts across multiple stakeholders through an intermediary; Delaware’s growing apprenticeship program; and more.

The Conference is organized into three tracks:

  • Improving connections between the public education system (K-12), postsecondary education, and the employer community.

    Developing a career pathways system that spans secondary and postsecondary education, aligns with employer needs and provides high-quality education, training, and support services for youth and adults.

  • Ensuring pathways to success for ALL students.

    The path to continuing education and a career is not the same for every young person. Students have different needs, different aspirations, and will ultimately make different career decisions. For students to have a rewarding career beyond high school, they must be aware of their options and prepared to take the next step.

  • Bridging the gap between education and workforce development efforts.

    Aligning and enhancing systems, support services and resources that bridge Delaware’s workforce system and education, and supporting the development of skills and gaining of experiences that have value in the marketplace.

Meet the Speakers

Governor John Carney

Governor of Delaware

Dr. Bob Schwartz

Jobs for the Future & Harvard Graduate School

Dr. Mark T. Brainard

President, Delaware Technical Community College

Dr. Susan Bunting

Secretary of Education, State of Delaware

Dr. Patrice Gilliam - Johnson

Secretary of Labor, State of Delaware

Bernice Whaley

Secretary, Delaware Economic Development Office

Gary Stockbridge

President, Delmarva Power

Michelle Taylor

CEO, United Way of Delaware

Shana Payne

Director of Higher Ed, Delaware Dept. of Education

Dr. Paul Herdman

President & CEO, Rodel Foundation

Matt Burrows

Superintendent, Appoquinimink School District

Michael Watson

Chief Academic Officer, Delaware Dept. of Education