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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Helping Students Transition to College or Career

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014



Within a few years, sixty percent of our jobs will require education or training beyond high school. And for good-paying, fast-growing professions like IT and health care, it’s 80 percent. This past week we started a tour of high schools across the state to speak with our senior classes – urging them to take advantage of future educational opportunities and letting them know they have our support. We want them to recognize that while a high school diploma is still valuable, it’s not enough. That doesn’t mean college is for everyone. I was joined by leaders from Delaware Tech who spoke about alternatives to traditional two and four-year degrees. Professional certifications and credentials can open up better job opportunities for workers in high-tech manufacturing and other career paths. For students positioned to attend college, we must do everything we can to ensure nothing gets in their way. We’re expanding on the effort we launched last year to provide college planning resources, as well as application fee waivers to eligible students. We’re helping seniors fill out their applications in school, and assisting with the financial aid process. Last year, through this effort, a Mt. Pleasant High School student who couldn’t afford to send an application to Stanford was able to apply and received a full scholarship. Another young woman thought she’d have to put off attending Delaware Tech but was able to work out her financial situation. And there are many stories like theirs. By supporting our students’ transition to education and training beyond high school, we’ll give them the best chance to reach their potential, and we’ll have the talented workforce we need to grow our state’s economy. That will keep Delaware moving forward.

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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Helping Students Transition to College or Career

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, September 5, 2014



Within a few years, sixty percent of our jobs will require education or training beyond high school. And for good-paying, fast-growing professions like IT and health care, it’s 80 percent. This past week we started a tour of high schools across the state to speak with our senior classes – urging them to take advantage of future educational opportunities and letting them know they have our support. We want them to recognize that while a high school diploma is still valuable, it’s not enough. That doesn’t mean college is for everyone. I was joined by leaders from Delaware Tech who spoke about alternatives to traditional two and four-year degrees. Professional certifications and credentials can open up better job opportunities for workers in high-tech manufacturing and other career paths. For students positioned to attend college, we must do everything we can to ensure nothing gets in their way. We’re expanding on the effort we launched last year to provide college planning resources, as well as application fee waivers to eligible students. We’re helping seniors fill out their applications in school, and assisting with the financial aid process. Last year, through this effort, a Mt. Pleasant High School student who couldn’t afford to send an application to Stanford was able to apply and received a full scholarship. Another young woman thought she’d have to put off attending Delaware Tech but was able to work out her financial situation. And there are many stories like theirs. By supporting our students’ transition to education and training beyond high school, we’ll give them the best chance to reach their potential, and we’ll have the talented workforce we need to grow our state’s economy. That will keep Delaware moving forward.

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