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 twenty-four high-impact programs in in-demand sectors, including:
Why is Delaware Pathways Crucial to Delaware?
Delaware Pathways stems directly from the “Delaware Promise,” Governor Jack Carney’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: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:
Delaware Business Roundtable
Education Committee (DBREC)
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 post-secondary studies.