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Ryan Upchurch, a recent graduate from the Hodgson Vo-Tech High School Industrial Mechanic/Millwright program, has excelled in all areas of his education. He ranked 3rd in his class with an overall GPA of 3.94. But that is not all.

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The Rodel Foundation of Delaware is excited to announce the 15 finalists of the iEducate  Delaware™ initiative, recognizing the unsung heroes of public education statewide. Finalists represent a diverse cross section of parents, educators, community leaders, and other inspiring individuals from up and down the state who are dedicating their time, commitment, and leadership to Delaware’s public schools.

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WILMINGTON, Del. — In celebration of Teach For America (TFA) Week, Senator Chris Coons served as a guest teacher at Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington on April 5, 2012. Leading the advanced biology class normally taught by TFA science teacher Ashley Sorenson, Senator Coons spoke with juniors and seniors about the value of higher education and encouraged the students to pursue careers in science and technology.

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Dozens of students shared their stories with Delaware Governor Jack Markell and a group of state lawmakers as they visited Delaware Skills Center this week. Students who had been employed in the finance, insurance and retail sectors and recently lost jobs due to downsizing are actively engaged learning new skills and gaining certification in areas such as computer support, medical assistant, construction electric and HVAC. Upon completion, the Delaware Skills Center helps students secure jobs. 80% of the students who completed courses in 2011 obtained employment.

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