Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell will host the 2nd Pathways Conference on Preparing Delaware Workforce. The event will be held at Delaware Technical and Community College, Stanton Campus at 400 Stanton Christiana Rd. in Newark on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
The conference will bring together business leaders, educators, civic and governmental leaders, funders, students and parents to discuss how a continued collaborative effort can further the “Delaware Promise” and Delaware’s talent pipeline.
During his State of the State address, Gov. Markell emphasized the continuing need for a collaborative partnership to foster success as early as middle and high school to make the “Delaware Promise” work; the Governor’s statement that by 2025, 65% of Delaware’s workforce will have a college degree or professional certification.
Markell will be joined by the head of one of the nation’s largest private foundations, Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation. Merisotis will deliver remarks about the education and training required to prepare today’s students for good jobs in the 21st century economy. He recently authored America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating and Deploying the 21st-Century Workforce.
Free registration for the conference is available at Delaware Pathways.
“The path to middle-class security is not what it was thirty years ago and our approach to career preparation can’t be either,” said Markell. “An incredible amount of work is being done across the State to achieve the Delaware Promise, from intensive training in growing fields like computer coding and health care to the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, through which thousands of high school students are gaining access to workplace experience and college credits in high-demand industries.
Through the Pathways to Prosperity initiative, a central element of the Governor’s plan to fulfill the Delaware Promise, more than 2,000 high school students have enrolled in pathways, ranging from manufacturing to computer science to engineering. In 2016, the Delaware Pathways program will expand further, bringing existing pathways to additional schools and developing further pathways in additional sectors such as finance, health care, and computer networking. More than 5,000 students will participate in 29 schools.
Other efforts aligned with the Delaware Promise include the TechHire initiative to train workers for coding jobs and the Generation USA youth employment program, which is expanding from health care into other industries.
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