About the Office of Work-Based Learning

The Office of Work-Based Learning (OWBL) serves as an employer intermediary in support of local education agencies, business and industry partners to help scale work-based learning experiences for all Delaware students.

Delaware began laying the foundation to scale work-based learning in 2014 when the state joined the national Pathways to Prosperity Network (PTP Network), which is a network of states and regions working together to rethink economic development and workforce pipelines. The Office of Work-Based Learning was established under the Delaware Pathways Strategic Plan and launched as a part of Delaware Technical Community College.

In 2017, Governor John Carney convened a small working group of leaders from state agencies, postsecondary institutions, nonprofits, and the business community to find ways to positively impact students and better signal employer hiring needs. As a result, a series of Industry Councils are under development to better inform the future workforce needs.

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