National Institute on Aging

Delaware State University to Provide Vocational Training in Underserved Areas

Historically Black Delaware State University has joined forces with the First State Community Action Agency (FSCAA) to pool resources to improve the quality of life and facilitate the educational and training needs of individuals and families in Southern Delaware. The First State Community Action Agency is a nonprofit organization that for more than 50 years has worked to serve the poor and disadvantaged in Delaware.

Delaware State University will provide training in connection with the following programs: Adult Culinary Arts Training, A Second Chance Re-Entry, Senior Companion, Comprehensive Case Management, Promoting Safe and Stable Families, and Senior Community Service Employment.

Dr. Patrice Gilliam-Johnson, dean of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies at Delaware State University, noted that by 2025 all individuals who don’t have a degree will need a marketable skill that will require training. She said that the partnership aims to provide individuals with the chance to develop a vocational skill that is not just life-sustaining, but one that also can be fulfilling.

The FSCAA will be responsible for promoting among the communities it serves the educational opportunities and community learning events that result from the partnership. The agency will also provide the training space.


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