Just one career and technical education course above the average can boost a student’s odds of graduating high school and enrolling in a two-year college, according to a study by the Fordham Institute. It can also lead to a higher likelihood of college enrollment, employment, and better wages.
So how are Delaware students accessing career and technical education courses?
Approximately 70 percent of Delaware students in grades nine through 12 take a CTE course. These classes are specifically sequenced and aligned to a specific career or industry. In recent years, Delaware Pathways has strengthened the sequencing of courses through the development of state-model pathways. These pathways provide students with high-quality education, training, and support services in high-demand areas in Delaware’s economy.
Students who complete a career pathway attain a high school diploma, earn an industry-recognized credential, certificate or license that holds value in the labor market, and a clear link to opportunities to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree program at a Delaware college or university. Currently, there are more than 6,000 students enrolled in 11 state-model programs of study.
We hope to continue to expand in the coming years to give students greater opportunities to prepare for college and career success. However, the greatest obstacle to developing a strong local workforce is a lack of systemic coordination across stakeholder groups. Delaware Pathways provides a platform for educators, institutions of higher education, policymakers, and business and community leaders to work together to improve opportunities for students.
There are plenty of ways to get involved in developing Delaware’s future workforce.
- Read Delaware Pathways Strategic Plan to stay abreast of what’s happening.
- In case you missed it, see some of the resources shared during the 2017 Delaware Pathways Conference.
- Employers, consider becoming an Industry Partner with Delaware Pathways, where you can contribute to training the future workforce by providing meaningful work experience and mentorship.
- Parents, encourage your students to prepare for life after high school. Help them make a plan using these resources.