If you are a resident of the state of Delaware and are interested in learning as an adult, whether you yearn for a GED, a degree, an advanced degree, to learn English as a second language, or to pursue lifelong learning, you've got a whole lot of choices. The state has an abundance of resources available to you.
Delaware Department of Education
The place to start is at the Delaware Department of Education, known as DEDOE. Our link will take you to the Student page, which includes links to specific kinds of education for students of all ages, but in this list you'll find adult-specific links for information about adult learning, career and technical student organizations, higher education, and private business and trade schools.
On the Federal and State Programs page, you'll find a ton of links, including one to a very cool site called Tech Prep Delaware, designed to help prepare you for almost any kind of career. If you want to return to school to learn a trade, this is your place to start.
Adult education encompasses a broad range of learning, from GED and workforce training to graduate degrees and lifelong learning. You'll find links for all of these.
College and Workforce Readiness
College and Workforce Readiness, part of the Delaware Department of Education (DEDOE, also has lots of career and technical resources, in addition to prison education info. Another good resource.
The Delaware Skills Center
The Delaware Skills Center is another great resource. It's all about vocational technical training and offers courses in nursing, electrical, welding, HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), construction, and computer sciences.
The center has been around since 1962, providing skills training and job placement for 9,500 graduates. It works closely with Delaware business and develops curricula that matches what Delaware businesses need, so job placement is high. Sounds like a winning formula.
Delaware Center for Distance Adult Learning
The Delaware Center for Distance Adult Learning, known as DCDAL, focuses on helping adults get their high school diploma or GED, and transition to college. It's mission is to "provide a personalized program with quality instruction and support to enable adult learners to become more effective employees, family members, and community participants."
This center is closely associated the the James H. Groves Adult High School, which has seven centers throughout the state of Delaware.
New Start is an adult learning program for residents of lower New Castle County. It's free, and it offers help with reading, writing, speaking and math. You'll find a ton of information about tutors, which is very attractive to many adult learners.
Each county in Delaware has its own programs for adult education. Be sure to check the resources and programs in the county in which you live.
And don't forget your local community colleges and universities. You might be surprised how many adult students are on campus. Look for the counselors office and get all your questions answered in the right place.
- Delaware Adult & Community Education Network
- Educational Resources for Delaware from ed.gov
- Delaware Works, a workforce investment board
- Private Schools in Delaware