ABOUT DELAWARE PATHWAYS
Delaware Pathways programs are a set of curriculum focused on a specific industry-based “pathway,” paired with opportunities to gain workplace experience while still in high school, graduate with a head start on a college degree, or gain qualifications needed to go to work immediately.
Delaware Pathways is a unique collaboration of school districts, businesses, higher education, and national advisory partners that represent a new way to do school.
Delaware Pathway’s partnerships have identified the most critical needs within Delaware’s economy and developed pathways for students in high school to best prepare for college and/or career. The initiative consists of twelve high-impact programs in in-demand sectors, including:
- Allied Heath
- Biomedical Sciences
- Cisco Networking
- Computer Science
- Culinary & Hospitality
- Environmental Science *
- K-12 Teaching Academy *
- Nurse Assisting *
- Manufacturing Engineering Technology
- Manufacturing Production & Logistics
Why is Delaware Pathways Crucial to Delaware?
Delaware Pathways stems directly from the “Delaware Promise,” Governor Jack Markell’s commitment that by 2025, 65% of Delaware’s workforce will earn a 2- or 4- degree or professional certificate, matching the percentage of Delaware jobs requiring one.
Delaware Pathways works hand-in-hand with key government and business partners to identify key Delaware industries with a growing shortage of skilled workers, and create Pathways to meet those future needs.
Delaware Pathways recognizes four-year and two-year degrees and industry certifications with equal importance and weight, especially since Delaware’s skills gap has identified significant needs in low- and middle-skill jobs.
Delaware Pathways provides holistic information that parents and students need to understand the various pathways to success, whether that means earning an associates degree, gaining an industry credential, or graduating from a university with a four-year degree.
A Collective Commitment
Delaware Pathways is made possible through collaborative work and partnerships with government, nonprofit, and community organizations to support the mission of better preparing Delaware’s future workforce for successful futures. Delaware Pathways partners include:
- Governor Jack Markell
- Delaware Department of Education
- Delaware Department of Labor
- Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee
- Delaware Economic Development Office
- Delaware Works
- Delaware Technical Community College
- The Rodel Foundation
- United Way of Delaware
Additionally, the initiative is a partner in the national Pathways to Prosperity Network, established in nine states to assemble high school, college, and work-based experiences so that students graduate with economically viable career credentials and a head start on postsecondary studies.
Delaware Technical Community College was named the Employer Intermediary, matching pathways students with work-based learning experiences, including paying internships.
About the Pathways to Prosperity Network
In 2012, Jobs for the Future (JFF) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), in collaboration with states and regions, launched the Pathways to Prosperity Network to re-envision how our education system—from K-12 through college—partners with employers and prepares our young people for success. The Pathways to Prosperity Network seeks to ensure that many more youth complete high school, attain postsecondary credentials with currency in the labor market, and launch careers while leaving open the prospect of further education. The Pathways to Prosperity Network strives to accomplish three goals:
- Every young person has clear college and career goals and the supports to achieve them.
- Every employer has a talent pipeline of young professionals with the skills needed to contribute to and lead the workforce.
- Every regional and state economy is thriving and providing opportunities for upward mobility to its citizens.
Learn more at Jobs for the Future.
Delaware Pathways has been featured by the Pathways to Prosperity Network as a “State Spotlight,” highlighting the rapid progress the program has made since it’s inception three years ago.
Learn more at Jobs for the Future.