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Education is one of the key aspects of United Way of Delaware’s focus to improve the lives of Delawareans, and SPARC helps bridge the skills gap of students coming out of high school by helping them learn what is truly needed in today’s job market.


SPARC (Success Pathways and Roads to Careers) partners students with an interest in a particular career field with career coaches who are currently working in that field.  Using a safe, anonymous online message board, the students can ask their career coaches questions about what it’s like working in that position, fields of study in college or trade schools and any other career-related question that they might have.

Students will also have the opportunity to delve deeper into a particular career by engaging in work-based learning activities such as company tours, guest speakers in the classroom, job shadowing, internships, and even scholarships!

Companies throughout Delaware are invited to become SPARC Partners to mentor students through the online message board as well as provide the in depth work-based learning activities.  By participating in SPARC, businesses not only become more involved in the community, but they can potentially develop future employees at a young age.

Schools Currently on SPARC
Howard High
Charter School of Wilmington
McKean High School
Douglass Alternative School
Calvin R. McCullough Middle School
Gunning Bedford Middle School
George Read Middle School
Appoquinimink High School
MOT Charter High School
Dover High School
Central Middle School
Cape Henlopen High School
Sussex Technical High School
Jewish Family Services
Polytech High School
Laurel Senior High
Caesar Rodney High School
Newark High School
Christiana High School
Glasgow High School
Sussex Central High School
Woodbridge High School
William Penn High School
Brandywine High School
John Dickinson High School
Concord High School
Conrad High School
Delmar Junior Senior High School
Middletown High School
Sussex Academy of Arts and Sciences
Milford Senior High School
Mount Pleasant High School
Newark Charter High School
Smyrna High School
Design Lab High School
Hodgson VoTech
Indian River High School
St. Georges Technical
Ferris School
Delcastle Technical
Postlethwait Middle School
Fifer Middle School
Cleveland White School
Stevenson House

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