DeterminationHigh-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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"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