What is the TEC Initiative?
FAME, Inc., one of the nation’s first nonprofit organizations specifically focused on preparing under-represented minorities and girls for STEM careers, recognized the need to connect Delaware’s future talent pipeline with opportunities throughout the state. In order to make this dream a reality, they partnered with Tallo to create the Talent Engagement Connection (TEC) initiative. The TEC initiative seeks to develop a stable, continuous talent pipeline for employers within the state of Delaware by promoting and advancing the skills of Delaware’s talent. When searching for talent to connect with opportunities and a platform to power the connections, Tallo was the perfect fit.
How It Works
Talent create free profiles to showcase their skills and accomplishments on Tallo and match with opportunities throughout the “first state.” FAME Inc. introduces colleges and companies within the Delaware workforce ecosystem to the talent users through Tallo.
Successes of the TEC Initiative
The Boeing Company, Wilmington University, and Delmarva helped sponsor the TEC initiative and make Tallo available to every Delaware high school free of charge during the 2019/20 school year. This strong partnership brought many new and exciting opportunities to students throughout Delaware.
1. Extensive User Growth
From September 2019 to July 2020, the overall number of talent users in Delaware on Tallo grew from 984 to over 2,300. This is a 134% increase in population over the course of 10 months (starting Oct-July). This meant more opportunities for more students in Delaware.
2. New Events Hosted Both Virtual and In-person
Boeing STEM Signing Day
In an effort to tap into a diverse group of emerging talent across the country, The Boeing Company came to FAME Inc., Tallo, and the TEC initiative to power their first-ever virtual Delaware STEM Signing Day. This event recognized 20 high school seniors from across the state who chose to pursue STEM education at technical programs, two- and four-year colleges, and universities. Just like signing days for athletes, Delaware STEM Signing Day honorees signed a letter of intent to pursue their STEM goals.
Due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Delaware STEM Signing Dat took place as a virtual event on April 14. Students were still recognized for their accomplishments, signed a letter of intent to pursue a STEM degree, and interacted with Boeing representatives and community leaders — all from the comfort and safety of their homes! Over 550 individuals tuned in to watch the event, which included remarks from Senator Chris Coons, Boeing executives, and community leaders. Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long presented a proclamation declaring April 14, 2020 as STEM Signing Day in the state of Delaware. Learn more about the event and watch highlights here.
Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 with Delaware winner
In the midst of school shutdowns during the COVID-19 outbreak, Tallo celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week by hosting a series of giveaways to give back to teachers across the country. Educators applied by answering the question “If you had one day left before school closures, what would you do?”Tami Lunsford, a science teacher from Newark, Delaware won the grand prize $1,000 cash giveaway!
3. New Partners Supporting the TEC Initiative
We are working with new partners every day, and we will be adding their information as they join in support of the TEC Initiative.
Delmarva Power is a unit of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the nation’s leading energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. Delmarva Power provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 532,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 136,000 natural gas customers in northern Delaware.
Campaign highlights include:
- 39%+ open rate
- 8.0%+ click rate
- 4.3% of users connected with Delmarva Power for more information
Wilmington University honors an open admissions policy and welcomes applications from all interested students. The University seeks a diversified student body and encourages the submission of applications from students of widely differing backgrounds, aptitudes and interests, including career-minded adults who wish to upgrade their skills or complete a degree program.
Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. As America’s biggest manufacturing exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.
We’re proud of the work we’ve done together with FAME, Inc. for the TEC initiative, and the impact can be felt across the entire partnership. Hear from a few key players affected by our work in Delaware.
“We have a responsibility to connect our talented and diverse young people with workforce programs, colleges, and employers, and Tallo is the go to virtual tool for making this happen with a laser focus on equity and empowerment for all.”
– Don Baker, President and CEO of FAME, Inc.
“I want to be an environmental lawyer, and that’s why I use Tallo. Tallo gives me the confidence and resources to connect with the opportunities of my dreams.”
– Kirit Minhas, a recent graduate from Tower Hill high school and 2020 Delaware STEM Signing Day honoree
For more information on TEC or to help us connect Delawarians with unique opportunities in our state, please contact Sarah Lynn, Tallo’s Director of Workforce Implementation, or Joanna Staib, FAME. Inc’s Workforce and Talent Engagement Manager.
You can also visit https://www.famedelaware.org/tec to learn more.