Delaware is a small state with big potential for job seekers. With key industries such as financial services and biotech research, the state is one of the top five states in the nation leading the new global economy, the Delaware Prosperity Partnership says.
Fortunately, you won't need to spend years in school to get an in-demand job in these and other sectors. Nursing assistants, accounting clerks and tractor-trailer truck drivers are a few of the jobs that are expected to have the most openings in the coming years, according to the Delaware Department of Labor. In New Castle County, there will be a greater need for health diagnosing practitioners while construction trades workers will be in higher demand in Sussex County.
These jobs typically don't require a bachelor's degree, but you will need some formal education beyond high school. Technical schools in Delaware can provide that level of education and offer certificates, degrees and other training needed for some of the state's hottest jobs.
Why is Delaware Good for Vocational Schools?
Trade schools in Delaware do a good job of educating students and helping them meet career goals. High school students following a career technical education — or CTE — curriculum have a graduation rate of 99 percent. That's 12 percent higher than the statewide graduation rate, according to Advance CTE, an organization of CTE professionals.
At the college level, 83 percent of students enrolled in CTE programs graduate with a credential, certificate or diploma, and 88% have moved into a job, apprenticeship or the military within six months of finishing school. Advance CTE says health services, manufacturing and construction are a few of the industries providing good jobs to those without bachelor's degrees.
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Financial Aid for Vocational Students in Delaware
Whether you are interested in a transfer degree or CTE, Delaware trade schools can be the most affordable way to get an education in the state. The average published in-district tuition and fees for public two-year schools in Delaware is $4,930 for 2019-2020, according to the College Board. That is significantly less than the $13,290 charged on average for in-state tuition and fees at public four-year schools. Students attending online trade schools in Delaware may save even more by eliminating room and board or commuting costs.
A number of Delaware scholarships and grants are also available to further lower the cost of two-year schools in the state. For instance, in Fiscal Year 2020, the state has earmarked $2.2 million for the SEED and Inspire financial aid programs.
To receive money from these and other state and federal programs, you need to first fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. We have more about the FAFSA and how to apply for financial aid in Delaware in our financial aid guide.
Once you've applied, you could be eligible for one of the following Delaware student aid programs.
- Student Excellence Equals Degree (SEED) Scholarship: This program allows eligible students to attend Delaware Technical Community College tuition-free for up to six semesters. It is intended for those who expect to then transfer to a university and complete a bachelor's degree program.
- Academic Scholarship: Delaware provides an annual scholarship of $1,250 to high achieving high school graduates who enroll full time in a non-profit, regionally accredited college.
- Scholarship Incentive Program (ScIP): This $1,000 grant is given to eligible students demonstrating financial need.
Resources for Vocational Students and Vocational Job Seekers in Delaware
Check out the following websites for information on traditional and online trade schools in Delaware, CTE programs and more.
- The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is the regional accrediting body for Delaware schools, and you can check an institution's accreditation status here.
- After you've completed the FAFSA, the Delaware Higher Education Office is where to go to apply for Delaware scholarships and grants.
- You can explore careers and find more information about financial aid on the Delaware Student Success website.