Gene Montano, Dover High School director of curriculum and instruction, said the objective is to enhance a student's chance of finding employment after high school.
said it'll give college-bound students a leg up by providing college credits.
"These two programs are going to allow kids to be ready for job experiences right out of high school, or earn college credits that will get them into engineering, electrical or other areas.
It's multifaceted," he
said an increase in technology based manufacturing jobs is why he's
confident the program will benefit students.
The district will provide the transportation.
Classes will include Principles of Manufacturing and Electrical Systems and Controls.
The target audience is incoming juniors and seniors, said Montano
"Manufacturing jobs have changed over the years," he
"Tech-based manufacturing jobs are becoming more and more available.
Students will have access to advanced technology at Del Tech.
said Dover High is reaching out to students from various academic backgrounds.
The courses are basic to a wide range of careers, such as electrical engineer, aerospace engineer, automobile mechanic or an operator at a manufacturing plant.
In 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
, the manufacturing sector employed 25,200 workers in Delaware in about 500 manufacturing companies.
said district officials moved in this direction because it doesn't have the resources to start an engineering or manufacturing course.
"Other school districts have something that's adaptable to this program but we don't at Dover High," he
"That's why I'm excited because we're starting from ground zero to having a full-fledged program in place."
The district learnedof a pilot program in New Castle County.
The Delaware Department of Education
, which sponsors the program, had tested it there.
was impressed with the results.
"Based on what I've seen in New Castle County, students are being offered jobs right out of high school," he
said they are still working out the details.
"There's always a glitch or two in a program once you get it going," he