Grants to expand high school career pathways programs

Secretary of Education Susan Bunting today announced more than $458,000 in federal grants to expand high school career pathway programs and to support all youth in their pursuit of college and career-readiness coursework. The statewide Delaware Pathways initiative aims to prepare all students to excel in key industries that offer good jobs in today’s economy.


Grant funds are used by school districts and charter schools to implement career and technical education programs as part of a larger state effort to connect our public education system, post-secondary institutions, and employers. Students take hundreds of hours of specialized instruction and hands-on training in their career pathways, giving them the opportunity to graduate high school with work experiences, college credits, and industry credentials that are relevant to those industries.  As a result, students receive a head start on getting a job and earning a postsecondary credential or degree.


Bunting joined Capital Superintendent Dan Shelton to meet with students and administrators at Dover High School to announce the 51 grant awards, which benefit 17 school districts or charter schools across the state.  Capital’s Dover High School is using its grant award to support the PIPEline to Career Success Project for students with disabilities.  The project supports students with disabilities to enter into high-quality career pathways, graduate from high school, and transition into postsecondary education and employment.


“Dover High School’s program is a prime example of the kind of investments we must make so every student graduates from our schools prepared for success,” Bunting said. “Delaware has public and private partners working together. They are collaborating on the alignment of supports across state agencies for students from low-income families and students with disabilities and on integrating community-based organizations so that out-of-school learning connects to students’ education and career interests.”


The Delaware Pathways program currently serves more than 16,000 students enrolled in 26 career pathways programs across 16 comprehensive school districts, three technical school districts, and 11 charter schools, in addition to serving youth at Cleveland White and the Ferris School.


By 2020 Delaware aims to enroll more than 20,000 students—half of the state’s public grade 9-12 population—in career pathways that lead to in-demand jobs—and will work across secondary and postsecondary education systems so that more than 7,500 students are actively engaged in work-based learning placements in partnership with Delaware employers.


“Delaware’s Pathways programs help connect young Delawareans to skills that are demanded in today’s workforce and help put them on a path to a well-paying career,” Governor John Carney said. “Investing in our workforce and quality skills training also helps strengthen our economy over the long run by making sure Delaware has skilled workers for jobs that are available. This new funding will help us continue and expand that important work.”


Added, U.S. Senator Tom Carper: “Today, thousands of jobs are going unfilled because we do not have the people with the right skills to support them. The Delaware Pathways program aims to end that shortage by finding the skills that our employers need and creating programs in our classrooms that properly prepare students for the workforce. I always say the best thing you can do for someone is help them find a job, and providing modern training and connecting students with employers is a smart way to ensure they will be employable when they enter the workforce.”


Pathways are developed in partnership with Delaware employers and institutions of higher education. The Department of Education provides curriculum support for each pathway as well as training for teachers to successfully implement the coursework. In addition, the department is working with Delaware colleges and universities so students who complete these programs are eligible for college credit at one or more institutions of higher education in the state.


School districts use funding in a variety of ways, which includes support for students and staff, the development of services and materials required to offer advanced coursework, and to scale hands-on training opportunities with Delaware employers.


“We are so pleased that we will once again be able to expand and focus on our workforce development efforts,” Capital Superintendent Shelton said. “Our career and technical programs are a central key to our students being prepared for college or entering the workforce after high school. Having students who graduate high school already possessing technical certifications and many also having already earned college credits through our articulation agreements with post-secondary institutions, gives our students the skill they need and a leg up on their future careers.”




New Pathway Grant Awards



Appoquinimink LEA – PIPEline to Career Success Project

Appoquinimink LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

Appoquinimink High SchoolComputer Science

Middletown High SchoolComputer Science

Middletown High School Natural Resource Management

Odessa High SchoolAnimal Science and Management

Odessa High SchoolComputer Science

Odessa High SchoolDigital Comm. Technology

Odessa High School Natural Resource Management.

Odessa High SchoolPlant Science



Brandywine LEANational Alliance for Partners in Equity—Gender Equity Project

Brandywine LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

Brandywine High SchoolMarketing Today

Concord High SchoolMarketing Today

Mount Pleasant High School Digital Communications Technology

Mount Pleasant High SchoolMarketing Today



Caesar Rodney         

Caesar Rodney High SchoolMarketing Today


Cape Henlopen

Cape Henlopen High SchoolFashion and Apparel



Capital LEAPIPEline to Career Success Project



Christiana High SchoolAnimal Science and Management.

Christiana High SchoolFashion and Apparel

Christiana High SchoolMarketing Today



Colonial LEAPIPEline to Career Success Project

Colonial LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

William Penn High School Animal Science and Management

William Penn High SchoolDigital Comm. Technology

William Penn High SchoolMarketing Today


Lake Forest   

Lake Forest High SchoolAnimal Science and Management

Lake Forest High SchoolDigital Communications Technology



Laurel LEAPIPEline to Career Success Project



Milford LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

Milford High SchoolDigital Communications Technology

Milford High SchoolPlant Science


New Castle County Vocational Technology          

Delcastle High School Computer Science

St. Georges High SchoolComputer Science


Newark Charter

Newark Charter SchoolMarketing Today


Red Clay       

Red Clay LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

AI Dupont High SchoolMarketing Today



Smyrna LEAPIPEline to Career Success Project

Smyrna LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth

Smyrna High SchoolCulinary and Hospitality Management

Smyrna High SchoolDigital Communications Technology

Smyrna High SchoolMarketing Today


Sussex Tech  

Sussex Tech LEAWork-Based Learning Opportunities for Youth



Woodbridge High SchoolPlant Science

New and Expanded Pathways


Animal Science & Management

The Animal Science & Management program explores:  animal production and management, physical restraint and handling, conducting health exams, evaluation of behavior, principles of genetics and reproduction, animal selection through evaluation, anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, basic veterinary practices, global food systems, ethics of food animal production, and current agricultural issues in order to foster an understanding of the steps involved in producing and marketing products for consumers. Students practice decision-making and research skills through classroom instruction, laboratory activities, and practical experiences.


Computer Science

The Computer Science program of study helps students to develop analytical thinking and problem solving skills as well as algebraic reasoning and quantitate analysis necessary for careers in computer science, programming, and IT.


Digital Communications Technology

The Digital Communication Technology (DCT) program of study requires students to apply the skills and tools of digital designers used in graphic design, pixel-based imagery manipulation, HTML coding, digital video production, vector image manipulation, digital illustration, and digital publishing.  Students utilize strategies to solve open-ended problems while learning how to apply technical skills, creative skills, industry knowledge, documentation techniques, and processes using modern, industry-leading technology and software.


Fashion & Apparel

The Fashion & Apparel program of study prepares students for entry level employment in the industry.  Students learn construction skills for application in design including color, proportion and fit.  Science principles are used to help students understand fibers to better determine appropriate application.  Fashion business including the economic impact of the industry as well as marketing and management are studied.  The program prepares students for careers such as store manager, fashion designer, assistant buyer, visual merchandiser.


Marketing Today

The Marketing Today program of study engages students with the world of marketing services by focusing on how marketing is evolving in the digital age and how companies can be successful by implementing marketing strategies. Students gain career and industry knowledge through series of work-based learning activities in and out of the classroom such as: an internship, apprenticeship, co-op, and or project completion of at least 60 hours. Marketing Today courses introduce students to a wide array of careers such as data analytics, project and content management, digital marketing, marketing campaign management, demographic analytics, and communications.


Natural Resource Management

The Natural Resource Management program of study is designed to provide students with exposure to topics in conservation management and maintenance of natural resources. Students learn responsible stewardship practices of air, soil, water, land, fish, and wildlife resources for economic, recreation, and health purposes. Students utilize a variety of classroom and laboratory activities supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.


Plant Science

The Plant Science program of study is designed to provide students with knowledge of plant growth and reproduction, as well as the use of plants for food, fiber, and ornamental purposes. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in:  agronomy, ornamental horticulture, biotechnology, forestry, soil science, and turf management.


Media contact: Alison May,, 302-735-4006


Delaware FFA members take home state awards

Students from across the state took home honors during the 100th Delaware State Fair in Harrington last week.


The list of the members’ accomplishments is available here.


Nearly 300 students, advisors, and judges representing business and industry throughout the state participated in state career and leadership development events during the Delaware State Fair. Members demonstrated professionalism, leadership and skill attainment in 23 events.


The Delaware FFA Association is a career and technical student organization that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. To learn more about the Delaware FFA Association, please contact Bart Gill by phone at (302) 857-4019 or by email at


Media Contact: Alison May,, 302-735-4006


SkillsUSA students take home state awards

Students from across the state took home honors from the SkillsUSA awards in Wilmington Wednesday.


List of the students honored is here.


Nearly 900 students, advisors, and judges who represent business and industry from throughout the state participated in state contests throughout the month of February. Students demonstrated professionalism, leadership and skill attainment in 61 events. The awards culminated with more than $800,000 in student scholarships and prizes will be awarded from partners such as Automotive Training Center, Delaware Technical Community College, Universal Technical Institute, IBEW Local 313, Keen Gas Company, Lincoln Electric, Lowe’s, Miller Electric Manufacturing Company, Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, and more. 


The following student members were elected to serve on the State Officer Leadership Team for 2019 – 2020:


·         Aidan Fitzgerald (POLYTECH)       President

·         Noah Wandless  (POLYTECH)       Vice President of Community Service

·         Troy Bishop        (POLYTECH)        Vice President of Leadership

Delaware SkillsUSA is a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) that recognizes the importance of students, teachers, and industry partners working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA incorporates curricular and co-curricular experiences to emphasize the importance of knowledge, leadership, skill development and teamwork. To learn more about Delaware SkillsUSA, please contact Mike Fitzgerald by phone at: (302) 857-3334 or by email at


Media Contact: Alison May,, 302-735-4006

Students can learn more about career pathways at EXPO

The Delaware Department of Education invites Delaware high school students to attend the Delaware Pathways Student EXPO on Friday, April 27 to learn more about how Delaware Pathways can help prepare them for success after high school.

Aimed at students and their families, the EXPO is a free event providing hands-on opportunities for youth to learn more about career pathways offered across Delaware public high schools. Participants also will learn about the programs, partners, supports, and services that can help youth and adults prepare for a successful transition into the workforce.  


Delaware Pathways can help students:

·         Build their resumes with real-world experience

·         Explore what career is right for them

·         Earn early college credits

·         Get paid internships


New this year is an industry sector showcase highlighting careers in the healthcare sector. Staff from the Christiana Care Health System and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children will talk about career opportunities in Allied Health, giving a window into the biggest and fastest growing industry sector in Delaware.


The EXPO is part of the 2018 Delaware Pathways Conference. The EXPO is from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. Registration is not required to attend.

Grants also are available to schools and community-based organizations to assist with bussing costs. To qualify, applicants must commit to transporting 30-50 high school students to/from the EXPO and are responsible for arranging their bus directly. Use of the $500 grant is not restricted to bussing, and funds may be used to support chaperones, transportation, or other supports as needed. To apply for a “mini-grant” please use the registration link at:


Media Contact: Alison May,, 302-735-4006.


Applications now being accepted for Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police’s 3rd Annual Youth Academies

DOVER – If you are a student aged 12 to 15 with an interest in natural resources and law enforcement, Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police is once again offering summer Youth Academies.

The Youth Academy is a five-day program designed to teach youth about boating safety, hunter safety, and how to protect our natural resources while looking to nurture the relationship between our law enforcement officers and the community. Participants in the Youth Academy attend tuition-free.

This year’s offerings include a Basic Youth Academy and two Advanced Youth Academies:

  • Natural Resources Police Basic Youth Academy (New Castle County)
    Monday through Friday, June 25-29, Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center, 1205 River Road, New Castle, DE 19720
    Application Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Natural Resources Police Advanced Youth Academy (Kent County)
    Tuesday through Saturday, July 10-14, Little Creek Hunter Education Training Center, 3018 Bayside Drive, Dover, DE 19901
    Application Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Natural Resources Police Advanced Youth Academy (New Castle County)
    Tuesday through Saturday, July 17-21, Ommelanden Hunter Education Training Center, 1205 River Road, New Castle, DE 19720
    Application Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018

The Basic Youth Academy is limited to the first 20 qualified applicants, with priority given to those who have not already completed a hunter safety course or boating safety course when the academy begins. Applications must include a 250-word essay on why the applicant wants to take part in the Academy and what Delaware’s natural resources mean to him or her. Students who complete the program will receive both their hunter and boating safety certifications.

The Advanced Youth Academies are for those who wish to continue learning what it is like to be a Natural Resources Police Officer, as well as learning additional outdoor skills. The Advanced Academies are open to youth ages 12 to 15 years old who have either completed the Basic Youth Academy or have already earned their hunter safety and boating safety certifications. An overnight camping excursion is included and parent/guardian participation is mandatory for this portion.

The Advanced Youth Academies are limited to the first 15 qualified applicants, with priority given to those who have already completed the Basic Youth Academy. Applications must include a 500-word essay on either what they learned from the Basic Youth Academy or, if they did not attend, what the applicant learned when they took their hunter and boating safety courses.

Applications are available online at, and at DNREC’s licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Opportunities to support the Youth Academies are available. Without the generous support and donations from our community businesses, private organizations and individuals, the youth academies would not be successful.

For more information regarding the Youth Academy, please call Captain Brian Pollock at 302-365-8703 or email

Vol. 48, No. 31

Contact: Sgt. Brooke Africa, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-382-7167 or 302-739-9913, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902