What We Do

Delaware’s economic future starts with prepared students today. That’s why Del Tech created the Delaware Office of Work-Based Learning: to coordinate employers, schools, and community-based organizations as they provide students with the hard and soft skills essential for workplace success.

Our office offers critical program management support: we work closely with schools to understand student needs, arrange events like mock interviews and job shadows to build student competency, and develop immersive student work experiences with local employers.

At the Delaware Office of Work-Based Learning, we are facilitators, co-creators, and ambassadors – building a strong work-based learning infrastructure across the state so that our schools are supported, our students are prepared, and our industries are thriving with a talented homegrown workforce.

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How We Work

Delaware leads the nation in re-imagining workforce readiness and the Delaware Office of Work-Based plays an essential role coordinating efforts across the state. Here’s how it works:

Delaware’s Work-based Learning in Action


Delaware Pathways


Delaware’s public schools and post-secondary institutions use the Department of Education’s Delaware Pathways as a curriculum guide; students earn nationally recognized industry credentials, leading them on the path toward career readiness.


Workplace Soft Skills


Schools and community-based organizations help students build soft skills like conflict resolution, communications, and self-management.


Workplace Hard Skills


Employers and post-secondary institutions offer student programs that develop workforce hard skills, ranging from mock interviews to immersive work-based learning experiences.


The Delaware Office of Work-Based Learning boosts success every step of the way, engaging schools, employers, and organizations to ensure robust student opportunities across the entire state.