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
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
Secretary, Delaware Economic Development Office
President, Delmarva Power
CEO, United Way of Delaware
Director of Higher Ed, Delaware Dept. of Education
Dr. Paul Herdman
President & CEO, Rodel Foundation
Superintendent, Appoquinimink School District
Chief Academic Officer, Delaware Dept. of Education