Delaware High School Pathways expand – but coding is still lacking - Delaware


Delaware High School Pathways expand – but coding is still lacking

Delaware school districts will receive almost a half million dollars to expand Pathways. Why no coding programs?

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On Wednesday, Governor John Carney announced more than $438,000 in federal grants to expand high school career pathway programs in the state.

Pathways, if you’re not familiar, are like majors for high school students. Depending on the school, a student can study their basic academics centered around a specific focus area, including engineering, TV and radio, culinary, agriculture, robotics, business, automotive or child care (to name a few). A lot of people don’t realize this, but many of Delaware’s public schools have facilities like commercial restaurants, professional TV studios and farms.

The goal? To prepare young people good jobs, not just college applications.

Only a handful of schools, including Newark High and Conrad, have computer science pathways. Curiously, considering Delaware’s growing shortage of software developers, while the new programs that will be added offer skills of value, especially in the ag-dominated south, none of the new programs have a coding focus (though some, like Business Information Management and Digital Communications are in the neighborhood).

New and expanded Pathways include Academy of Business Information Management, Agricultural Power and Engineering, Agricultural Structures and Engineering, Animal Science & Management, Architectural Engineering Technology, Automotive Technology, Digital Communications Technology, Early Childhood Teacher Academy, Natural Resource Management, Plant Science, Public & Community Health.

Here’s the full list of new Pathway grant awards, by school district:



Appoquinimink High School                          Animal Science and Management

Appoquinimink High School                          Digital Communication Technology

Appoquinimink High School                          Plant Science

Middletown High School                                Animal Science and Management


Middletown High School                                Digital Communication Technology

Middletown High School                                Plant Science



Brandywine High School                                Early Childhood Education Teacher Academy

Concord High School                                     Early Childhood Education Teacher Academy

Mt. Pleasant High School                               Early Childhood Education Teacher Academy


Caesar Rodney         

Caesar Rodney High School                           Animal Science and Management

Caesar Rodney High School                           Digital Communication Technology


Cape Henlopen

Cape Henlopen High School                          Animal Science and Management

Cape Henlopen High School                          Natural Resource Management



Dover High School                                         Agricultural Power and Engineering



Christiana High School                                   Agricultural Power and Engineering

Glasgow High School                                     Academy of Business Information Management



William Penn High School                             Plant Science



Delmar High School                                       Animal Science and Management

Delmar High School                                       Digital Communication Technology

Delmar High School                                       Plant Science


Lake Forest   

Lake Forest High School                                Academy of Business Information Management

Lake Forest High School                                Plant Science

Lake Forest High School                                Public and Community Health



Milford High School                                       Animal Science and Management


New Castle County Vocational Technology          

Delcastle High School                                      Automotive Technology

Hodgson High School                                     Automotive Technology

Howard High School                                      Automotive Technology

St. Georges High School                                Automotive Technology



Polytech High School                                     Automotive Technology


Red Clay       

AI Dupont High School                                  Architecture Engineering Technology

AI Dupont High School                                  Digital Communication Technology

Cab Calloway School of Arts                         Digital Communication Technology

McKean High School                                     Animal Science and Management

McKean High School                                     Automotive Technology

McKean High School                                     Plant Science



Seaford High School                                       Digital Communication Technology



Smyrna High School                                       Natural Resource Management

Smyrna High School                                       Plant Science


Sussex Academy

Sussex Academy                                             Digital Communication Technology


Sussex Tech  

Sussex Technical High School                       Automotive Technology



Woodbridge High School                               Animal Science and Management

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