Governor John Carney and Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long joined private sector leaders at Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC) on Tuesday, October 5 to announce a $ 50 million investment in workforce development ‘work, including an expansion of the Forward Delaware vocational training program for industries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and additional work experience services for Delaware students.
The investments are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was championed by the Delaware congressional delegation – American senses Tom Carper and Chris Coons, as well as U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (all D-Del. ) ARPA was passed by Congress and then promulgated by President Joe Biden on March 11.
“We are focused on investments that will build on the strengths of Delaware’s world-class workforce and support Delaware families and businesses that have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Carney said. âThese workforce development programs will help Delawaren develop the skills they need to be successful in a 21st century economy.
âAnd the expansion of our Pathways program will put even more students in touch with real work experience while they are still in school. I would like to thank President Biden and the members of the Delaware Federal Delegation for making these important resources available. “
Tuesday’s announcement includes a $ 15.8 million public-private expansion of Delaware’s Pathways program, which connects education and workforce development programs and allows students to gain experience working in the real world while studying.
“This investment in the Delaware workforce will meet the challenges of tomorrow by working together to strengthen Delaware’s economy while providing our families with the tools and skills they need to be successful,” Hall-Long said. “This public-private partnership is making strategic investments in our workforce that have not only been hit hardest during the pandemic, as well as those that will lead us into the future, with a focus on careers in STEM, healthcare, the increase of women and minorities in construction, and our restaurant and hospitality industry.
Pathways 2.0 will expand the Pathways program to colleges in Delaware, reaching over 6,000 students. The investment will also expand the Delaware High School Pathways program to reach 32,000 students, or about 80 percent of all students attending Delaware public high schools. Formed in 2015, the Pathways program currently serves approximately 20,000 high school students.
âThe pandemic has brought significant changes to our economy and our workforce needs, and Delaware must adapt in order to be a competitive state with a first-class workforce now and in the world. ‘future,’ Carper, Coons and Blunt Rochester said in a joint statement. “We commend Governor Carney for their emphasis on workforce development throughout this difficult time, and Delaware Technical Community College for consistently tailoring their programs to meet the practical needs of the workforce. of work. “
The state of Delaware will invest $ 8.3 million in the expansion of Pathways 2.0 – targeting support for workforce development in healthcare, IT, finance and engineering. The investments will also expand employer-led apprenticeship programs that enable Delawaren to âearn and learnâ in high-growth, high-wage industries.
Private and public entities have provided major funding for the next phase of work through 2024, including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Walton Family Foundation, ASA (American Student Assistance), JPMorgan Chase, and the Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee (DBREC), as well. than the Delaware Department of Education (DOE).
âDelaware is an important piece of evidence for the nation on how states can rethink their schools as 21st century economic engines,â said Jenny Sharfstein Kane of Bloomberg Philanthropies. âBloomberg Philanthropies was proud to help catalyze the Delaware course system in 2018, and we’re excited to partner to accelerate this work even further. It is also a significant example of how private and public funding can come together to mobilize maximum support and impact of the work.
âYoung adults want meaningful and applicable learning experiences as they chart their unique path to a successful life,â said Romy Drucker, director of the K-12 education program for the Walton Family Foundation. “Only with closer ties and collaboration between schools, colleges and K-12 employers can this become a reality for all students.”
âDelaware’s collaborative efforts will further ‘blur the lines’ between school and work – and make the world after graduation much more tangible and accessible for thousands of young people,â said Rodman Ward III , President and CEO of Corporation Service Company (CSC) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rodel, a non-profit organization that supports public-private partnership in career paths.
âWe know college is a pivotal point in the education continuum when there is a huge opportunity to help students get to know each other better and understand their long-term education and career goals,â said said Jean Eddy, President and CEO of ASA. âHowever, college students are often stressed out when thinking about the future because there are so few resources available to help them plan.
“We are delighted to partner with the State and other dedicated funders to dramatically increase access to highly effective and engaging career exploration experiences that will allow thousands of young people to discover their interests,” to explore their options and gain hands-on experience that can help build students’ confidence in the future, as well as the skills necessary for their long-term success.
âThe negative financial effects of the pandemic have disproportionately affected restaurants more than any other industry, and with 5,000 positions open statewide, Delaware’s restaurant industry will only recover. a skilled workforce, âsaid Carrie Leishman, President and CEO of Delaware Restaurant. Association.
âWith 98% of Delaware restaurants declaring open positions, these funds will be used to rapidly advance training in all corners of our state, supporting opportunities and upward mobility for those seeking to enter and re-enter the hotel industry. We thank the governor for continuing to support the restaurants and the 46,000 Delawarens who make up his workforce. “
âThis funding will accelerate our pathway models – bringing more students face-to-face with employers, while providing opportunities to earn college credits and industry degrees earlier,â said Joseph Jones, district superintendent of vocational technical schools for New Castle County.
In addition, the investments announced on Tuesday will support:
â¢ $ 1.5 million for the Delaware Department of Labor (DOL) workforce programs. Training programs will be offered statewide and designed to help Delaware workers and their families who have been hit hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative will focus on healthcare, logistics and transportation.
â¢ $ 1.2 million for the expansion of the Workforce Development Academy of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). The funding aims to increase the participation of disadvantaged women, minorities and Delawarens seeking employment in the highway construction industry.
â¢ $ 1 million for support to the restaurant and hotel industry. Funding will focus on training and employment pathways for Delawarens seeking employment in the Delaware hospitality industry.
âDelDOT is making significant infrastructure investments across our state, and it is important that we do all we can to build the workforce for today and tomorrow and build a workforce that looks like the communities we represent, âsaid Nicole Majeski, Delaware secretary. Ministry of transportation.
âWe are delighted that the Governor has continued to invest in Forward Delaware. The program has become a recognized hub for employers and employees alike seeking information, data and resources to help Delawarens affected by the COVID pandemic, âsaid Delaware Department of Labor Secretary Karryl Hubbard. “These essential federal funds will enhance an already successful model of worker development and development and positively impact the employment prospects of many underserved groups across the state.” We look forward to working with our partners and providing training for critical industry needs.