Grants will fund job training programs for students

WILMINGTON — Gov. Jack Markell announced on Monday $450,000 in grants to support job training programs for high school students.

The grants, coming from public and private sources, will be used to add environmental science, nursing and teacher preparation courses to the Pathways to Prosperity program. With the added funds, there will be 14 different pathways starting in the 2017-2018 school year.

“The path to middle-class security is not what it was 30 years ago and our approach to career preparation can’t be either,” Gov. Markell said in a statement. “Together we can ensure that all of our students are on a path to fulfill their educational goals and career aspirations.”

The funding helps districts implement career training to ready students for post-school life.

The different pathways are created through partnerships between companies and universities, with the Department of Education providing support. The agency is working on agreements with Delaware’s higher-education institutes to ensure students who complete the new programs will be eligible for college credit.

Businesses within the state also provide assistance, such as offering internships.

Pathways to Prosperity, which began two years ago, currently includes 5,800 students across 38 high schools.

“Across the nation, median income is declining, the poverty rate is rising and the youth unemployment rate is consistently double the unemployment rate for the country. Bank of America is proud to support workforce development and education opportunities — like Delaware Pathways — that will put young people on a path to success,” Chip Rossi, Delaware market president for Bank of America, said in a statement.

Among the schools receiving grants are Caesar Rodney High School for K-12 teacher academy; Dover High School for environmental science, K-12 teacher academy and nurse assisting; Lake Forest High School for manufacturing engineering technology; Milford High School for academy of finance and K-12 teacher academy; Polytech High School for K-12 teacher academy; and Smyrna High School for academy of finance and K-12 teacher academy.

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