The Office of Work-Based Learning is proud to be a partner in the Delaware Pathways initiative. Delaware Pathways is a vehicle to ensure all high school students have the opportunity to fulfill their educational goals and career aspirations. Career pathways begin in the public education system (K-12) through the development and implementation of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study.
What is Delaware Pathways?
- Delaware Pathways stems directly from the “Delaware Promise,” a commitment that by 2025, 65% of Delaware’s workforce will earn a 2- or 4- degree or professional certificate, matching the percentage of Delaware jobs requiring one.
- Delaware Pathways works hand-in-hand with key government and business partners to identify key Delaware industries with a growing shortage of skilled workers, and create Pathways to meet those future needs.
- Delaware Pathways recognizes four-year and two-year degrees and industry certifications with equal importance and weight, especially since Delaware’s skills gap has identified significant needs in low- and middle-skill jobs.
Key Employer-based Elements to Pathways:
- Alignment with a demand-driven occupation
- Influence a course sequence and instructional outline
- Opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials
- Work-based learning experience prior to being hired
- Employer/Industry knowledge and best practice sharing for teachers
The top three program aspects directly impacting an employer’s ability to offer immersive WBL experiences are:
- Soft skills and professionalism training for students
- Training and resources for employers
- Online platform to post activities and find interested students
A goal of the Office of Work-Based Learning is to remove restrictions and relieve employer staff and teacher challenges
- Serving as consistent point of contact for schools and districts, knowing who to approach with questions and help direct actions.
- Setting clear expectations, roles, and responsibilities for all involved (i.e., school, student, employer), through project oriented agreements and guidelines.
- Working with schools and their respective Career & Technical Education (CTE) leaders to ensure
students are ready to work in a professional setting.
The Employer Playbook provides detailed information and guidance on the various ways your business can engage with students – Employers have a meaningful and important role to play in the lives of Delaware students and in shaping your, and Delaware’s, next generation workforce. Learn how you can make a difference and help build a stronger community and workforce for Delaware.