Activating Greatness


High-quality education helps create quality cities by developing skills required for the best-paying and fastest-growing jobs, attracting and retaining families and residents and encouraging an engaged citizenry.

Higher Quality Education

A skilled and educated workforce is increasingly important to a community’s economic vitality. Actions that support K-12 schools and promote advanced training or college access and completion enhances youth and adult academic achievement.


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Education Initiatives

"We’re focused on social return so, for us, what’s important is training people and putting them to work. Everything we do is centered around that."

– Patrick Callihan, Executive Director of Tech Impact

Zip Code and Year Up's Partnership

Zip Code will support Year Up by delivering JAVA content to our students to prepare them for internships. Year Up will support Zip Code by paying a fee for this service. Additionally, our organizations will increase our collective (positive) impact on Wilmington by referring students to the organization that best fits the needs of the student thereby increasing each organization’s pipeline of candidates. This collaboration will maximize each organization’s resources and enhance the student experience, all for the betterment of Wilmington. We continue to have conversations with others in the WLA and are excited to building an ecosystem that “moves the needle”. It would not have happened without WLA—thank you.” -Joe Coyle, Year Up Executive Director

WLA and its members are advocates for meaningful and equitable opportunities for education at all levels in our City.

WLA Members Connecting for Education:

  • WSFS’ Education Foundation, support of workforce development programs
  • Longwood – Community Education Building support
  • McConnell Johnson / 1313 Innovation – Dual School Program for Education and Leadership
  • Members represent the business sector on the boards of educational institutions

Impact & Innovation

WLA Member Capital One Opens Headquarters in Wilmington, DE

May 23, 2019
WLA member Capital One has strengthened its commitment to Wilmington, DE with the opening of its newly remodeled headquarters. After a hiring decline, banking related jobs have rebounded with a surge in an increasingly vibrant fintech scene.   The goal of the renovations was to attract young talent to an industry that is increasingly blurring...

WLA Member M&T Promises New Jobs to Wilmington, DE

May 23, 2019
M&T Bank and its Wilmington Trust subsidiary will hire hundreds of tech talent over the next few years, including 200 new “technologists” — software engineers and designers, UI/UX and web developers, database and cybersecurity experts, and technical team leads — over the next five years, and reinforce its commitment to downtown Wilmington.   Along with...

WLA Member Christiana Health Care Supports Youth Development Efforts Spearheaded by REACH Riverside

April 09, 2019
WLA member Christiana Care Health System has made helping local Wilmington, Delaware initiatives a priority. This time, they are making an impact and investment on community health with a $1 million gift to REACH Riverside Development Corporation.   The gift will support various efforts in community health and wellness education, resources for teen programming, and...

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