Wilmington City Council Member Darius Brown today introduced the Career Heroes program to children at Eastside Charter School at 3000 North Claymont Street, a school which is located in his 3rd Council District. Working in collaboration with the State Department of Labor which developed the program in conjunction with other career developers, Brown said he is so impressed with the trading card-based career education program that he has made it his mission to have it introduced in more schools in Wilmington.
“Some children, especially those who live in an urban setting, can’t let their minds get excited like many of us did years ago about what they would like to be when they grow up,” said Council Member Brown. “Whether because of their home life or neighborhood conditions, there are some children who don’t think about their future. If you don’t aspire to be something and achieve something, then you can sometimes lose hope. We shouldn’t let that happen to our children and that’s why I believe that Career Heroes is one way to change a child’s focus on life and their own future.”
According to State Labor Secretary John McMahon, who joined Council Member Brown at today’s introductory presentation at Eastside Charter, Career Heroes is a set of career education tools designed around the theme of popular trading card games. “The goal of Career Heroes is simple—to introduce elementary school children to the concept of career planning and to teach them the basics of using career information,” said the Secretary. “We see examples every day at the Labor Department of citizens who need a better focus as adults on their own skills and abilities so they can successfully seek work and find a satisfying career. We are doing a better job of educating our young people about careers paths and we will strive to do even more.”
Lyn Anderson, an editor and production coordinator with the Department of Labor (DOL) said while the State DOL is proud of its role in bringing the Career Heroes program to Delaware, it received help from other career developers who collaborate regularly to assist clients. She said an accompanying publication to the program entitled “Career Aware” was adapted from Oregon’s Partnership for Occupational and Career Information as well as the original “Career Heroes” produced by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.
Eastside Charter School is located in the former Martin Luther King Elementary School, at 3000 North Claymont Street, next to East Wilmington’s Riverside community. The facility is also known as the EastSide Learning Center in recognition of the school’s broad range of community educational and service activities. The school currently enrolls about 400 primary students, from Kindergarten through eighth grade. The typical classroom size is less than 20 students and the overall student/teacher ratio is less than 12 to 1 after taking into account specialist teachers in reading, math, library, media, music, art, physical education, and special education. The school says smaller classes are one of the keys to Eastside Charter’s success.
Eastside Charter staff observed today’s Career Heroes presentation to make an assessment of the benefit to students with an eye toward scheduling other Department of Labor classroom presentations in the future.