SPARC officially launches with a message from Governor Markell

Newark, DE (November 12, 2014) – Today saw the launch of Delaware’s SPARC (Success Pathways and Road to Careers) initiative,  designed to help students, youth and adults connect with local employers, gain first-hand knowledge of the workplace and develop career and college readiness skills.



“SPARC is a key building block in making it easier to connect schools and students with the workplace; for students, it allows movement from career exploration to career immersion; for employers, it gives them a chance to connect and develop relationships with potential future employees, and to help them develop college and career readiness skills”, said Governor Markell, at today’s SPARC Expo. Today’s event, which was held at the Delmarva Power Conference Center in Newark, was the first of two launch events (the second will take place at Wilmington University’s Dover Campus on November 14th) and was designed to to show the audience of local employers, educators, community based organizations and community volunteers what the SPARC platform is capable of, share best practices and provide practical advice on how to get started.

“This statewide partnership is playing a vital role in helping Delaware high school students develop and achieve their career goals. Not only does SPARC help students build plans for the future, it commits to helping turn those plans into real career opportunities”, added Governor Markell.


SPARC is a public-private partnership, co-led by the Delaware Business Roundtable Education Committee (DBREC), Delaware Department of Education and United Way of Delaware.