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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Pathways to Prosperity: Preparing Students to Thrive in Growing Industries

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015



Our world is being transformed by new technology. As a pair of leading MIT professors found, there’s never been a better time to be someone with the right skills for the new jobs created by our digital revolution. But there’s never been a worse to be somebody without those skills. Jobs of the past are now outsourced to other countries or handled by machines. So our goal is that every Delaware student has access to an education that best prepares them for this new era.

We kicked off one part of that effort this past week. Through our Pathways to Prosperity initiative Delaware employers, universities, and schools will work together to prepare students for a bright future in key industries. High school students will take hundreds of hours of specialized instruction and hands-on training. They will graduate with industry-recognized certificates and college credits, giving them a head start on getting a job and earning a degree.

This fall, we’ll launch pathways statewide for the IT and hospitality industries.

The following year, we’ll add two more of our fastest growing industries – financial services and healthcare.

We’re already seeing how this model can work through a manufacturing program started last fall. More than 30 juniors in New Castle County are spending part of each week at Delaware Tech, learning math and other skills most important for that industry and working with equipment. This summer, they’ll get paid internships at companies like Agilent, PPG, Kuehne and Siemens. Next year, we’ll expand that program to southern Delaware as part of Pathways to Prosperity.

By giving our youth the best opportunities to prepare for growing careers, we’ll ensure they can make the most of their incredible talents. And we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.

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Governor’s Weekly Message Transcript: Pathways to Prosperity: Preparing Students to Thrive in Growing Industries

Former Governor Jack Markell (2009-2017) | News | Date Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015



Our world is being transformed by new technology. As a pair of leading MIT professors found, there’s never been a better time to be someone with the right skills for the new jobs created by our digital revolution. But there’s never been a worse to be somebody without those skills. Jobs of the past are now outsourced to other countries or handled by machines. So our goal is that every Delaware student has access to an education that best prepares them for this new era.

We kicked off one part of that effort this past week. Through our Pathways to Prosperity initiative Delaware employers, universities, and schools will work together to prepare students for a bright future in key industries. High school students will take hundreds of hours of specialized instruction and hands-on training. They will graduate with industry-recognized certificates and college credits, giving them a head start on getting a job and earning a degree.

This fall, we’ll launch pathways statewide for the IT and hospitality industries.

The following year, we’ll add two more of our fastest growing industries – financial services and healthcare.

We’re already seeing how this model can work through a manufacturing program started last fall. More than 30 juniors in New Castle County are spending part of each week at Delaware Tech, learning math and other skills most important for that industry and working with equipment. This summer, they’ll get paid internships at companies like Agilent, PPG, Kuehne and Siemens. Next year, we’ll expand that program to southern Delaware as part of Pathways to Prosperity.

By giving our youth the best opportunities to prepare for growing careers, we’ll ensure they can make the most of their incredible talents. And we’ll keep Delaware moving forward.

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