Governor Sees Students Turning Layoffs Into New Leases On Life
Adult Vocational School Highlights Success in Helping the Unemployed
Wilmington – Dozens of students shared their stories with Delaware Governor Jack Markell and a group of state lawmakers as they visited Delaware Skills Center this week. Students who had been employed in the finance, insurance and retail sectors and recently lost jobs due to downsizing are actively engaged learning new skills and gaining certification in areas such as computer support, medical assistant, construction electric and HVAC. Upon completion, the Delaware Skills Center helps students secure jobs. 80% of the students who completed courses in 2011 obtained employment.
“I saw motivated men and women re-making themselves and learning new skills so they will have a job in today’s market,” said Governor Markell. “Delaware Skills Center is giving them the education they need to re-tool themselves in a challenging job market. They are giving themselves the chance to secure new futures for themselves and their families.”
The Delaware Skills Center is an adult training provider for Delaware citizens, ages 18 and over. The Center will celebrate 50 years of service in 2012. The school works to increase employment opportunities for students and is a division of the New Castle County Vocational School District.
Recent course upgrades include solar thermal heating, heat pump operation and energy efficiency training in HVAC, Linux, green IT, software trouble shooting and customer service training was added to the computer support course. Medical Assistant students are practicing medical laboratory procedures and electronic medical records applications. Input from advisory committee members from business directs changes in course content and course offerings are built in response to high demand jobs identified by the business community and the Delaware Department of Labor. Courses are funded by the Delaware Workforce Investment Board and the Delaware Office of Education.
The Delaware Skills Center recruits individuals looking to develop career opportunities on a monthly basis. The Center provides information on courses available and recruitment dates on their website, www.deskillscenter.org.