Governor’s Weekly Message: Building Our Future Workforce by Supporting Students Today


Newark – In his weekly message, filmed at Newark High School, Governor Markell shares efforts underway in Delaware to prepare students for college and a career, including a recent partnership with the College Board and the launch of College Application Month.

“While college isn’t the right path for every student, we must ensure that those who would benefit from post-secondary education and training have access,” said Governor Markell. “We’ll give them the chance to make the most of their talents, we’ll build the future workforce to grow our economy, and we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.”

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Transcript of the Governor’s Weekly Message: Building Our Future Workforce by Supporting Students Today 


Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Building Our Future Workforce by Supporting Students Today


We’re committed to preparing all of Delaware’s students for success in college or career – but our efforts can’t end there.

By the end of the decade more than 60 percent of jobs will require education beyond high school. Yet, national research has found that many students don’t think college is possible. As a result, many don’t apply to college at all.

We have a responsibility to help them recognize and understand the opportunities that are available. Earlier this year, Delaware launched a unique statewide partnership with the College Board. Every high school senior who demonstrates the potential to succeed in college is receiving a packet of information about applying to college and financial aid. For those who qualify, we’ve included fee waivers to apply to a broad range of schools at no cost.

Following up on that effort, 20 schools are participating in College Application Month, which kicked off this week here at Newark High School. Volunteers are generously donating their time during the school day to help high school seniors with college applications and financial aid forms.

While college isn’t the right path for every student, we must ensure that those who would benefit from post-secondary education and training have access. Too often they don’t know about financial assistance or simply don’t have anyone telling them college is possible. They lose out on career opportunities and we as a society lose out on contributions they could make.

By improving college access for our students, we’ll give them the chance to make the most of their talents, we’ll build the future workforce to grow our economy, and we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.


Veterans Day Ceremony, Memorial Bridge Plaza, November 11, 2014

War Memorial, Memorial Bridge Plaza

The Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs and the Military Order of the Purple Heart will host the Veterans Day Ceremonies on Monday, November 11, 2014. While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served have sacrificed and done their duty.

The program, scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m., will be held at the Memorial Plaza, Delaware Memorial Bridge, New Castle, Delaware.

The National Veterans Day Committee in Washington, DC has designated Veterans Day in New Castle, DE, as a 2014 Regional Site. This is our twenty-third year of participation along with 54 similarly recognized sites throughout the United States and it’s territories.

Directions:  From Dover – Take RT 13N and enter RT 295 to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.  Take the New Castle Exit (RT 9S) off of RT 295 before you go over the bridge.  Go up the exit ramp and cross over RT 9 to the other side onto Cherry Lane.  Take Cherry Lane for approximately 2/10ths of a mile.  Make a left hand turn into the Memorial Plaza roadway.  Parking is available and directed by police officers.