JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Council of Chief State School Officers recently announced Delaware is one of 10 states to receive a nearly $2 million grant to strengthen and expand career pathways for the state’s youth and adults.

These state grants, which will be distributed over the next three years, are part of the $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase, in collaboration with CCSSO and Advance CTE. This initiative is aimed at strengthening career-focused education starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees and credentials aligned with high-skill jobs.

“In Delaware this year, nearly 6,000 students in 38 of 44 public high schools are enrolled in state-model pathway programs aligned to areas of high demand in Delaware’s economy,” Gov. Jack Markell said. “This grant will support initiatives like this that are critical to preparing all students for success after high school. In the process, we will come closer to achieving our Delaware Promise, which is that by 2025 the percentage of Delawareans with a college degree or professional certificate will match the percentage of our jobs that will require one – 65 percent.”

“These are exciting times as these recent awards enable us to continue aligning Delaware’s Workforce program efforts, such as the Apprenticeship and Training and the Delaware Pathways initiative, to provide opportunities to youth and adults and help meet some very critical needs of Delaware employers,” Labor Secretary Patrice Gilliam-Johnson said.

“And this is not a one-size-fits-all approach,” she added. “Pathways, for example, engages candidates on an individual level and seeks to combine work experience with instructional training as a way to help ensure success. We’re expecting big things to come.”