Editorial — Collaborative effort is a positive for future

Date Published: 
December 1, 2017

We have long sung the praises of Delaware Tech Community College (Del Tech) because of their initiative in starting a career-path program focused on the aviation industry, since the Delaware Coastal Airport is in such proximity, and it seemed like a common-sense approach to higher education.

Idenitfy the jobs. Train students to perform those jobs. It just makes sense.

On Wednesday, Del Tech and Widener University Delaware Law School issued a joint statement on a collaboration between the two institutions regarding a criminal justice connected degree.

“Under the agreement, students who have completed their associate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher will automatically be accepted into the Legal Studies baccalaureate program at Widener University and can transfer up to 57 credits to Widener University Law School,” according to the release.

This is the eighth connected degree program now between the schools, focusing on areas such as business, hospitality management and computer information systems. These are all programs that can lead graduates directly into good jobs in this area.

One nearly-constant gripe in this area is that young people grow up here, go to college and never come back because there are not enough jobs. It’s a valid concern, to be sure.

But programs like this can keep our young people in this area and becoming the leaders of tomorrow.