On June 19, nine students graduated from ServiceSource Delaware’s 2019 FrameWORK for Success School-to-Career Program at Delcastle Technical High School. Seven of the nine graduates are already gainfully employment.
- Keron Cain (Walmart)
- Jakeem Chamblee (Masley Gloves)
- William Chen (Acme Markets)
- Joe Cobb
- Brian Cox
- Amaund Dowell-Simmons (Boggs Federal Building)
- Audrey Hochstein (Odessa Early Education Center)
- Maria Negrete-Espinosa (Aramark – Trabant Dining Hall, University of Delaware)
- Philip Szeto (Aramark – Pencader Dining Hall, University of Delaware)
The ceremony theme, “The will to win is not nearly so important as the will to prepare to win,” applauded the years of groundwork and effort put in by the graduates in accomplishing their goals. “I want to congratulate my fellow graduates. I’d like to remind all students to take advantage of the opportunities and support that [this] program has to offer. The staff pushed me to never give up, and because of that, I’m standing here today with a job” said Keron, who is currently employed full-time at Walmart in New Castle, DE.
In her keynote presentation, Delaware State Senator, Nicole Poore, addressed the graduates on her interest in aiding students in the transition from school to career. “My goal as a state legislator is to cultivate the right environment for graduates who have worked hard to overcome obstacles. Each of you has limitless potential. Each of you will have a successful career. Be open to the future and to new and unexpected turns in the roads ahead.”
A number of special awards are presented to the graduates each year. The Ashley Beaumont Award, which was named after a past-graduate honors one Outstanding Student of the Year. This year, Ashley presented the 2019 award to, William Chen. In her remarks, Ashley said “[This award]’ is given to the person who tries 110% all the time; someone who is always willing to do what is asked; and someone who is always dependable and carries through.”
Dr. Victoria Gehrt, Superintendent of the New Castle County Vo-Tech School District, Dr. Clifton Hayes, Principal Delcastle High School, and Nathalie Princilus, Assistant Principal Delcastle High School also attended the graduation ceremony to acknowledge the students’ accomplishments.
Now in it’s eleventh year, the FrameWORK for Success Program is a school-to-career transition program for 18-21 year-old high school students with a disability. The program is operated by ServiceSource Delaware with the support of the New Castle County Vo-Tech and Brandywine School districts.