- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State officials are set to announce the first round of grants in a new program aimed to given Delaware high schools specialized training in high-demand career fields.

Gov. Jack Markell was scheduled to join education officials at Appoquinimink High School in Middletown and Polytech High School in Woodside on Wednesday to announce the state’s first Pathways to Prosperity grants.

The prosperity program, announced in Markell’s January State of the State address, gives students the opportunity to gain work experience and earn college credits in certain career fields, including computer science, engineering, culinary arts and biomedical sciences.

Officials have said the state would dedicate more than $1 million of its federal career and technical education funding over the next year to help school districts defray the cost of the programs.

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