Delaware has capitalized on its small size and legacy of innovation by weaving a tight network of professional organizations, partnerships and opportunities to create a business environment where everyone can thrive. No matter which industry you work in, there are unlimited ways to enhance your career and connections in the First State.
As Delaware’s financial services firms grow their fintech capabilities, innovative tech talent development programs like Zip Code Wilmington meet demand with significant local investment and support. Established in 2015, Zip Code Wilmington is a nonprofit, software programming bootcamp which partners with local employers — including Bank of America, Barclays, Blackrock, Capital One, CSC, JPMorgan Chase, M&T Bank, and WSFS — to supplement Delaware’s tech talent pipeline. 93% of graduates are placed in paid employment six months after completing the program.
Second Chances Farm in Wilmington was created to combine hydroponic farming with the social mission of providing employment for previously incarcerated individuals. To date, it has hired two dozen former inmates who are being trained in hydroponic vertical farming with the potential of becoming “agri-preneurs.”
The vocational high schools in Delaware offer an array of adult education programs, which include both classes and hands-on training at apprenticeships. Polytech in Kent County offers a variety of career and apprenticeship programs such as the Industrial Maintenance Mechanics Program with manufacturing apprenticeships at Hirsh Industries and W.L. Gore & Associates among others.
Each year the majority of master’s graduates from the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business and Economics are employed within the state one year after graduation, establishing the College as a substantial talent source for the state. Lerner College offers bachelors and professional degrees in accounting, economics, finance and more, as well as an online MBA program that is world-renowned — ranking #19 in CEO Magazine’s global online MBA List.
ChristianaCare is one of the largest community-based teaching hospitals conducting research in the United States with 260 residents and fellows. ChristianaCare offers focused opportunities in gynecology, for which it is ranked #24 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
Delaware was rated #1 Business Legal Climate by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, 2019, and opportunities in this field are extensive. Widener University Delaware School of Law has 12,000 alumni practicing locally and throughout the world, including past presidents of the Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey bar associations, 195 sitting judges, a sitting Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, and a sitting Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
Other notable graduate programs include the University of Delaware’s chemical engineering graduate program, which is ranked #8 in the nation, and the physical therapy graduate program, which is ranked #1 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.