This week was back to school for most Delaware students, though if you’re like me you had one that started pre-Labor Day. The Sussex County native in me still chafes at such an early start, but you play the hand you’re dealt. In the fall, the Chamber is part of two school-related events that members can take advantage of.
First is Delaware Principal for a Day. The week of October 21 puts business leaders in schools all around the state shadowing the principal of a local school for a day. It’s an excellent opportunity for schools to highlight successful programs, to provide real life examples of the breadth and scope of students and how their educational needs are being met, and it allows for schools to hear what skills businesses are looking for in the employees of the future. If you’d like to participate, or to learn more about the program, contact Kelly Basile.
The other school-related event in October is Manufacturing Week. The State Chamber is also the National Association of Manufacturers state affiliate, and NAM celebrates Manufacturing Day the first Friday in October. We extend that to a full week here in Delaware. Delaware manufacturers are encouraged to bring students from local middle and high schools into their facilities for tours to learn more about manufacturing as a career. In addition, the Governor signs a proclamation designating manufacturing week and the Congressional delegation has conducted tours in the past. For more info on Manufacturing Week, you can contact Cheryl Corn.
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.