First group graduates from new jobs program

WILMINGTON — The first group of young adults graduated Tuesday from Generation, a new employment training program being put into place in Wilmington by McKinsey Social Initiative, Delaware Technical Community College, businesses and nonprofits.

Generation gives individuals ranging in age from 18 to 29 a chance to undergo an intensive two-month training session, with pilot programs in several cities across the country.

Seven students were honored at the graduation ceremony as they became certified nursing assistants. They are guaranteed jobs, and in this case, all seven will work at Saint Francis Healthcare and Cadia Rehabilitation.

The program, which provides on-the-job and classroom training and offers financial and structural support, could expand to other professions soon.

Gov. Jack Markell was among those who spoke at the ceremony.

“Education and training beyond a high school diploma is more important than ever to thrive in our economy, which means we as a state have no higher priority than to ensure our people have access to the programs that will prepare them for good jobs,” said Gov. Markell, who announced Delaware’s partnership with Generation in his State of the State.

“The students graduating today have demonstrated determination and skills to build successful careers and, as the first Generation class, they have helped to lay the groundwork for more Delawareans to benefit from this initiative.

“Their success is a testament to what’s possible when hardworking Delawareans are given the opportunities to make the most of their talents.”

Eight new students have already begun classes.

“I joined Generation because it was an opportunity to better my circumstances,” said graduating Generation student Satyre Jackson. ”While in the program I learned to adapt and overcome no matter what life throws at you. My future plans are to finish up my associate’s degree in human services and then pursue my education in nursing.”

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