Del. Tech gets $3.5 million for IT/Manufacturing students

A Del. Tech student demonstrates a pneumatic system used to control an automated manufacturing process after the funding announcement at Del. Tech's Wilmington campus. (Gene Ashley/WHYY)

A Del. Tech student demonstrates a pneumatic system used to control an automated manufacturing process after the funding announcement at Del. Tech's Wilmington campus. (Gene Ashley/WHYY)

The grant money will help 600 students get their IT and Advanced Manufacturing certificates at Delaware Technical Community College.

Funding for this project comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s America’s Promise Grant to help support workforce development and training programs at community college. The money will help Del. Tech partner with other agencies including the Delaware Department of Labor and the Delaware Economic Development Office.

“We could not do this without the employers who not only hire our graduates, but provide our students with the work-based learning opportunities they need to hit the ground running the first day on the job,” said Mark Brainard, president of Delaware Technical Community College.

The grant program was created to create a community partnership of groups that commit to providing a pipeline of workers to fill job openings and keep jobs from moving out of state or out of the country.

“This is also about the promise of careers in parts of Delaware’s economy where there are jobs going begging,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D- Delaware. “The combination of federal resources and local skill and talent, and local employers is going to produce some really positive outcomes for 600 Delawareans in the years ahead.”

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