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HB 166 – Elevate Delaware Program

House Bill 166 would establish a Delaware Labor Department pilot skills training program called Elevate Delaware. Elevate Delaware will provide tuition, up to $10,000, to Delaware residents who have obtained a high school diploma, Diploma of Alternate Achievement Standards, or a Delaware secondary credential such as a GED, and have enrolled in an approved non-degree credit certificate program.

There is currently no list of what all would qualify as an “approved” program, but these could include things like lab tech or medical billing. The Workforce Development Board will create a list of non-degree credit certificate programs approved for the Elevate Delaware program.

This Act also allows the Department of Labor to provide participants in the Elevate Delaware Program payments to cover basic living expenses while attending the training program and for a 90-day job search period after completion of the training program.

State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn floated the program in legislation two years ago, but it died in committee. Now the Department of Labor wants to revive the idea, but Pettyjohn is not listed as yet as a sponsor on the bill.

House Bill 166 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Osienski, Lambert, Lynn, Mitchell, Morrison, K.Williams
Walsh, Brown, Ennis, Lockman, Mantzavinos, S.McBride, Sokola, Townsend
Current Status — House Labor 4/29/21

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