Time is running out for Delaware youth ages 16 to 24 to apply for the Delaware Workforce Development Board (DWDB) Scholarship. Applications must be received at the DWDB office no later than 4 p.m., April 14, 2017.
The DWDB Youth Scholarship provides money for school, seminar, or skill training to help younger Delawareans achieve their career objectives.
“We are trying to help Delaware young people who need just a tad more help,” said William J. Potter, executive director of the DWDB. “This scholarship program was the brainchild of our Youth Council led by its chair George Krupanski.”
The scholarship, which has been in existence for about three years, has made awards twice.
“This scholarship only exists due to the commitment and donations of organizations like Delmarva Power and Junior Achievement of Delaware,” Potter said.
The Delaware Workforce Development Board ensures the citizens of Delaware are provided with occupational training and employment service opportunities to help them achieve employment sustaining them and their families. We also seek to communicate with our business industry partners to provide them with qualified workers to meet their employment needs. The DWIB also has a very active Youth Council that has oversight for programs designed specifically to help Delaware’s at-risk and neediest youth prepare for the workforce.
One of the big challenges facing providers under the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is an uptick in charting provider performance and using that performance to determine whether programs are renewed or even initially added. The US DOL is seeking public comment on the “collection of WIOA performance data.” The Department is also seeking comment on a matrix it might require providers to use to gather performance data.
If you have comments to make regarding these issues please read the two documents closely and follow the instructions. DO NOT send comments to me.
About 200 people came together Friday, February 12, 2015, at the Delmarva Power Conference Center in Newark Delaware, to take the first steps in developing an integrated “Pathways to Prosperity” education and training system to prepare young people for high paying careers that may not require a college degree.
The attendees of the morning-long event were from Delaware education, business (primarily manufacturing), and government (primarily the Delaware Department of Labor, and the Delaware Workforce Development Board).
Delaware Governor Jack Markell opened the session with comments reflective of his recently completed State-of-the State Address.
“We need to recognize that jobs will be created where entrepreneurs can find a workforce with the abilities they need to grow and succeed,” he said. “Pathways to Prosperity program will develop career pathways that prepare students with skills in high-growth, high demand fields.”
Gov. Markell said the concept of pathways is where there is a partnership between employers, colleges, and school districts.
He likened the business environment to a second industrial revolution because the role of human labor has changed with the advent of new high-tech inventions.
One of the challenges facing an initiative like Pathways to Prosperity is the scale, because there are small groups doing many things, but none big enough to have an overall impact, the governor said.
“Nobody has figured this out in a big way,” he said. “But we have to.”
Professor Bob Schwartz, a nationally recognized Pathways expert from Harvard University, echoed the governor’s remarks, but first gave the audience some sobering data.
“As a minimum, every student must have a high school diploma,” Prof. Schwartz said, “In 1960 the U.S. led the world in high school graduation, but the rest of the world has caught up.”
The U.S. is now 13th in high school diplomas, he said.
Jobs of the future don’t necessarily need a college degree, he said, but to get a good high paying middle job will require sine kind of combination of education and certificate training.
Prof. Schwartz said the big problem was almost one-third of all Americans have neither a high school diploma nor an advanced certificate.
“The big question is,” he said. “What is the strategy for people with no certificate.”
That question permeated the rest of the day as members of the conference moved to different breakout groups to get a better understanding about pathways as they related to:
Engineering and Biomedical Programs
Culinary and Hospitality
Even though there was no single solution to the massive question proposed by the professor, the group made inroads to developing a system that could help preparing students.
And even though this was the first time the Pathways to Prosperity had gotten such a large airing, it was not the first time Delaware, business, educators, and workforce developers had worked together.
“Delaware is the state that broke the record for moving from discussion to action,” Prof. Schwartz said.