Delaware State Chamber Announces 2024 Superstars in Education & Training Winners

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There is no question that a healthy economy requires a strong workforce. A skilled and educated workforce draws businesses to Delaware and encourages existing businesses to stay and expand here. Whether college-bound or preparing for a technical or trade job, individuals need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be successful. Superstars in Education and Training seeks to celebrate innovative programs that contribute to developing the state‚Äôs workforce‚ÄĒof today and tomorrow.

Since 1989, the awards program has been recognizing educational programs for innovative and impactful programming. The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and its affiliate, The Partnership, Inc., are pleased to announce the 2024 Superstars in Education and Training award winners, all of which exemplify creativity and efficacy in workforce development initiatives. These winners will be recognized during an awards luncheon at the newly reimagined Navigating Delaware Pathways: An Education and Workforce Development Summit at Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus in Dover on April 16, 2024.

While many go through the rigorous application process, only a handful of winners are selected each year. An award is given to one independent training and certificate provider, a higher education program, and a Delaware high school. Awards of Excellence are also granted to deserving programs. The Superstars in Education and Training program welcomes three new Superstars to its roster:

Delaware Skills Center
Independent Training and Certificate Provider
The Delaware Skills Center’s Electrical Training Program, the most popular of their many skilled trade offerings, caters to a limited enrollment of 30 individuals per year. This carefully designed 12-week program emphasizes hands-on experience and technical skills essential for entry-level positions in the electrical field. Utilizing the National Center for Construction Education Research and Development‚Äôs curriculum approved for Delaware’s Apprenticeship Program, participants gain proficiency in electrical systems, wiring, and installations, as well as important interpersonal skills. The Electrical Training Program not only bridges the gap between unemployed and underemployed individuals and industry shortages, but also equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to seamlessly transition into in-demand electrical careers.¬†

Charlton Roads to Success at Delaware State University Downtown Campus
Higher Education Program
The Charlton Roads to Success Program at Delaware State University’s Downtown Campus is dedicated to equipping adult-aged students (ages 18-22) with the skills essential for successful integration into the community as they transition into adulthood. In this holistic program, students gain tailored, hands-on experience through skills assessments, workplace exposure, job coaching, and mentoring. Additionally, they participate in activities such as monthly YMCA activities, annual play productions, inclusivity events, and a student-run card company. By nurturing vocational skills, fostering independence, and creating a sense of belonging, this program equips young adults with valuable skills while also fostering a sense of inclusion and empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.

Concord High School (Brandywine School District)
High School Program
The Empathetic Engineering: Bridging Innovation for Special Needs program transforms lives through student designed solutions. This Level 3 Design and Engineering program, offered in all three Brandywine School District high schools, focuses on Human-Centered Design (HCD) to empower students to create inclusive solutions for individuals with special needs. From assistive devices for physical education to innovative workplace tools, students develop empathy and an understanding of diverse needs while also gaining valuable design and engineering skills. Their creations enhance accessibility and directly improve their clients’ lives, fostering a sense of purpose and social responsibility in the students and the wider community.

Award of Excellence Recipients:
M. Davis & Sons Welding Training Program (Independent Training and Certificate Provider)
Beebe Healthcare, Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing (Higher Education Program)
William Penn High School, Healthcare Technician Program (High School Program)

Leaders from the education, business, and nonprofit communities and elected officials will appear during the Navigating Delaware Pathways: An Education and Workforce Development Summit. This full-day immersive experience is designed to unite educators, higher education professionals, and employers in a comprehensive exploration of education and workforce development. The cost to attend is $75 for educators and Delaware State Chamber members and $100 for future members. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information or to register, visit https://web.dscc.com/events/Navigating-Delaware-Pathways-An-Education-and-Workforce-Development-Summit-3123/details. 

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