Category: Education

By Roger Morris Chemours president and CEO Mark Vergnano lauded the “unlimited potential” of six Wilmington high school students awarded scholarships to historically black college and universities (HBCU) Monday evening in a joint ceremony with the city of Wilmington. “But potential alone isn’t enough,” Vergnano said. “They also need opportunity.” Providing that opportunity is the…

Career and technical pathway programs in schools are insufficient

The career and technical education comeback is fierce across the country right now. At their best, curricula are being redesigned to give students industry-relevant experiences and set them on pathways to mid- to high-skills jobs. Students are acquiring industry-recognized credentials and even college credits while they’re still in high school. Businesses are forming closer partnerships…

Viewpoint: Health and wellness centers in schools improve all outcomes

This is the fifth in a series of columns on the winning ideas at the Pete DuPont Freedom Foundation’s Reinventing Delaware 2018 competition in early December. Imagine a world where children who experience health disparities are provided coordinated and holistic health and wellness services. Now, imagine the services provided right from the school building where…

Delaware charter schools get good grades for 2018-19 year

By Peter Osborne DBT Editor Kendall Massett said the 2018-19 school year exemplified how charter schools in general are supposed to work. Massett, the executive director of the Delaware Charter Schools Network, starts with the plus side: one school is adding high school to its K-8th grade offering (Aspira Academy); a number of schools reporting…

Year Up recruits move forward, prep for internships

By Peter Osborne DBT Editor Back in early April, we introduced DBT readers to five participants in the Year Up program, which recruits students from underserved communities to a program that combines a college education at Wilmington University with six-month internships at local companies. As promised, we wanted to update you on their progress. We…

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith accepts role as HBCU ambassador

ESPN Featured Commentator Stephen A. Smith will bring his entire “First Take” production team to Wilmington for a live broadcast on Sept. 20 as part of his new role as the city’s official HBCU Ambassador for its annual HBCU Week and College Fair. The broadcast will originate from the 76ers Fieldhouse in South Wilmington as…

William B. DeLauder, the president of Delaware State University between 1987 and 2003, died on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. He was 81. Dr. Tony Allen, the current provost of DSU, gave this eulogy for the beloved leader, honoring his achievements building the reputation of the school and making it a more robust institution and center…

Wilmington University (WilmU) has been selected to participate in Walmart’s Live Better U education benefit program as part of an expansion announced at the retailer’s shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. Through the university’s partnership with Guild Education, which works with Walmart to administer the program, WilmU will be one of the select schools offered to…