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  • Sen. Coons to bring top companies directly to job-seekers training for IT skills

    WILMINGTON, Del. - On Tuesday, Senator Coons visited the ITWorks learning lab in Wilmington, bringing with him top management staff from Barclays, CapitalOne, and JPMorganChase to connect directly with jobseekers. Those three companies combined have more than 1000 local entry-level IT job positions available at this time.

    ITWorks is an award-winning, 16-week immersive IT training program, free of charge to motivated young adults who have not completed college. Throughout the course of the program, students can earn up to two professional IT certifications and are given real-world experience during a five-week internship.

    Through ITWorks, young people become job-ready for a technologically sophisticated workplace by teaching them PC configuration and networking skills, troubleshooting, customer service and communication skills, all while acquiring an understanding of a professional work environment. ITWorks provides these students with an experience that will help improve their income potential for life—and 75% of ITWorks graduates move into full-time employment in the IT sector within 7 months of graduation.

    “Keep up the good work, keep plying your craft,” said Sen. Coons, addressing the ITWorks students assembled Monday. “The skills you have learned here and continue to learn here will benefit you in the future and will help you become a successful individual.”

    On Monday, students at ITWorks were able to meet with representatives from some of those companies and apply some of the professionalism and career skills also taught in the program. Delaware, a state home to many banking companies with positions in IT that constantly need to be filled, benefits greatly from nonprofit programs like ITWorks.

    For more additional coverage, click HERE.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons - February 2 to February 8

    Monday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. — The Senate will vote on the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. Senator Coons is a cosponsor of the bill, which would improve mental health care and suicide prevention resources for American service members. Senate Chamber, U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. — Open to credentialed press. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-4216. 

    Tuesday, February 3 at 9 a.m. — The Senator will attend the weekly leadership meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus.  U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press.

    Wednesday, February 4 at 9:00 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on reducing the cost of college and student loan debt. U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. — Closed to press, but the Senator can be available to discuss the meeting. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-4216.

    Wednesday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. — The Senator will attend a Foreign Relations Committee hearing on human trafficking and ending modern slaveryDirksen Senate Office Building Room 419, Washington, D.C., – Open to press. Foreign Relations Committee’s Tara DiJulio at 202-224-6797.

    Wednesday, February 4 at 3:30 p.m. — The Senator will host a Senate Law Enforcement Caucus briefing on Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. This program provides grants to states to support the establishment and expansion of voluntary, evidence-based home visiting programs to assist at-risk families with young children. On-the-ground perspectives will be provided by a number of officials, including Chief Scott Collins of the Selbyville Police Department. Russell Senate Office Building Room 385,Washington, D.C. – Open to press. Contact: Ian Koski at 202-224-4216.

    Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 a.m. – The Senator will attend the National Prayer Breakfast celebration. The National Prayer Breakfast is actually a series of luncheons, meetings, and dinners, hosted by members of prayer groups in the House and Senate. The event is typically attended by more than 3,000 people of wide variety of races, cultures and faith traditions. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. — Open to credentialed press.

    Thursday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m. — The Senator will participate in a Judiciary Committee executive business meetingDirksen Senate Office Building Room 226, Washington, D.C. — Open to press. Contact: Judiciary Committee’s Beth Levine at 202-224-5225.

    Friday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator will participate in “Give Kids a Smile” event, a national program that provides free dental care to children from low-income families. Sponsored by the Delaware State Dental Society, “Give Kids a Smile” is the American Dental Association’s major oral health outreach program. This is the 12th year that the event has been held at Delaware Tech. 333 Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE — Open to press. Contact: Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons January 12-18

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, January 12 at 11 a.m. — The Senator will speak at a celebration recognizing The Nemours / Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children as one of a select group of nationwide healthcare organizations to be recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Anthony N. Fusco Atrium at Nemours / Alfred I duDupont Hospital for Children, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DEOpen to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Monday, January 12 at 8 p.m. The Senator will deliver brief remarks at the 2015 Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Josiah Marvel Cup Awards Presentation. The annual event is dedicated to promoting an economic climate that builds the competitiveness of Delaware businesses and benefits of the state. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE – Open to the press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, January 13 at 11:15 a.m. — The Senator will attend Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on “Articulating The Case for American Leadership in the World” featuring guest Dr. Henry Kissinger. Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 419. Washington, D.C. – Open to press.

    Tuesday, January 13 at 2:45 p.m. — The Senator will meet with Alan Gross. After serving five years of a 15-year prison sentence, on December 17, 2014, Alan was released from Cuba and returned to the United States. Senator Coons visited Alan while he was incarcerated in 2012. Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. – Closed to press. Background: http://1.usa.gov/1szRtQw

    Wednesday, January 14 — The Senator will participate in the Democratic Caucus Issues Conference. The two-day conference will feature intensive discussions about the national political and economic environment.  Baltimore, MD — Closed to press.

    Thursday, January 15 — The Senator will participate in the Democratic Caucus Issues Conference. The two-day conference will feature intensive discussions about the national political and economic environment.  Baltimore, MD — Closed to press.

    Saturday, January 17 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will deliver remarks at the Raising Kings youth conference hosted by One Village Alliance. Raising Kings is a collaborative commitment to change the image and expectations of men and boys of color by elevating the level of positive male engagement in the lives of boys. P.S. du Pont Middle School, West 34th Street, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Chandra Pitts at 302-275-1715. 

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  • Senator Coons sworn in for first full term in office

    WASHINGTON – Chris Coons was sworn in on Tuesday afternoon on the Senate floor after being elected to his first full term as Delaware's United States Senator. Vice President Biden held the same seat in the Senate for 36 years. Sen. Coons was sworn in along with 34 other senators, including 13 new senators.

    "It was an honor to be sworn in again, to continue to serve Delaware for the next six years," said Senator Coons. "I am grateful for the opportunity to work together with other colleagues in the Senate, both Democrats and Republicans to try and find common ground. I am hopeful in the years ahead, we can get develop real solutions to the jobs challenge, create better opportunities for our middle class, and to continue to get people back to work by fixing our roads and bridges."

    Once the official swearing in ceremony on the floor of the Senate concluded, Sen. Coons greeted guests at his reception.  Among those in attendance included Vice President Joe Biden, Delaware senior senator Tom Carper as well as Senators Nelson (Florida), Schatz (Hawaii), Franken (Minnesota), Tester (Montana), Booker (New Jersey), Schumer (New York) and Merkley (Oregon).

    Afterward, Senator Coons was sworn-in again as part of a re-enactment, this time surrounded by family, and press in the Old Senate Chamber.

    The recent outcome of the 2014 elections placed Democrats in the minority party, 54-44, with two independents.

    Sen. Coons stayed focused on delivering results for the people who sent him back to Washington for his second term.

    "There are real differences between Republicans and Democrats, and we will have our fights," said Sen. Coons. "I am going to be working hard to make progress on the things that will make a difference in the lives of Delawareans."

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  • The Week Ahead for Senator Chris Coons November 24-26

    The Week Ahead

    Monday, November 24 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will attend a Vision To Learn event to distribute glasses to children. Vision To Learn provides free eye exams and free glasses to elementary school students in low-income communities throughout Delaware. Highlands Elementary School, 2100 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington, DE. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-650-7858.

    Monday, November 24 at 6:30 p.m. – The Senator will speak to a group of Cub Scouts on the merits of citizenship. Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church 500 McKennans Church Road, Wilmington, DE. Closed to press.

    Tuesday, November 25 at 10:30 a.m. – The Senator, along with University of Delaware students from the Formula Society of Automobile Engineers club, will test drive their latest race car. Senator Coons will then talk about the importance of preparing students for future manufacturing and STEM jobs currently left unfilled throughout the United States. University of Delaware STAR Campus parking lot. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-650-7858.

    Tuesday, November 25 at 1:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend Norman Oliver’s 32nd Annual Turkey Drive. The Stormin’ Norman Turkey Drive is one of Delaware’s biggest and oldest Thanksgiving feeding programs. This year marks the first in which the program will expand from the city of Wilmington to across the State. Boys & Girls Club of Newark, 109 Glasgow Drive, Newark, DE. Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

    Thursday, November 26 at 9 a.m. – The Senator will fire the opening cannon of the Annual PNC Bank Thanksgiving Day Run/Walk for MS. PNC Bank’s Thanksgiving Day race is the largest race in Delaware, 36 years running. Runners participate in 5k, 10k and non-competitive 5k races in support of care and research done by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Starting line is in front of PNC Building on Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilmington.  – Open to Press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-650-7858.

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  • The Senator's Week Ahead Schedule for October 8 - October 12

    The Week Ahead

    Wednesday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m. – The Senator will be awarded the Science Coalition Champion of Science award. The Science Coalition is a non-profit organization committed to sustaining federal government funding to stimulate scientific research while making America a global competitive force. University of Delaware ISE Lab Foyer, 221 Academy Street, Newark, DEOpen to press. Contact Angie Anderson at 302-540-9342.

    Wednesday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Easter Seals Annual Dinner where Governor Markell will be presented with the National Easter Seals Outstanding Advocate Award. This award is given to those who strive to enhance the quality of life amongst disabled individuals. Chase Center on the  Riverfront, Wilmington, DE 19801 – Open to press. Contact Verna Hensley at 302-221-2056.

    Thursday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m.  – The Senator will attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Alder Creek apartment complex. Alder Creek is Newark’s newest affordable housing community and once completed will include 56 one- to four-bedroom apartments in 13 two-story buildings. 398 Cleveland Avenue, Alder Creek, Newark, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Thursday, October 9, at 5:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 8th Annual Delaware History Makers Award Dinner honoring Ellen Kullman. The History Makers Award is granted to individuals who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in Delaware. Proceeds from the event will be used to support Delaware Historical Society educational programs. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Trudy Hansen at 302-295-2392.

    Thursday, October 9 at 6:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend the Boy Scouts 2014 Citizen of the Year Event. For over 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America have provided lifelong lessons to young children while demonstrating the importance of youth involvement in building a more sustainable society. Hotel du Pont, Wilmington, DE – Open to the press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Thursday, October 9 at 7:15 p.m. – The Senator will attend the anniversary celebration of the Brandywine Chapter of the Ducks Unlimited. Ducks Unlimited is the World’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving North America’s waterfowl habitats. Vicmead Hunt Club, Owls Nest Road, Greenville, DE – Closed to press.

    Saturday, October 11 at 9:00 a.m. – The Senator will speak at the Delaware Fatherhood & Family Coalition’s 5th Annual Delaware Devoted Dads Summit. Father involvement plays a major role in a child’s life due to its never-ending benefits. The DFFC is committed to giving fathers a voice to build positive relationships within their communities to enhance the well-being of their children. Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE – Open to press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Saturday, October 11 at 11:15 a.m. – The Senator will attend the 23rd Annual Apple Scrapple Festival. The Apple Scrapple Festival has become a major fundraising event while spreading awareness of agricultural professions across lower Delaware. The festivities include a carnival, food court, and street dance. Bridgeville, DE – Open to Press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham at 302-685-2795.

    Sunday, October 12 at 3:30 p.m. – The Senator will attend the 11th Annual Vendemmia da Vinci Wine Festival. The Societa Da Vinci is a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of the Italian Heritage. Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington, DE – Open to Press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-685-2795.

    Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 p.m. – The Senator will attend the DAABA Diwali Party. The Delaware Asian American Business Association supports the state’s retail community by supporting and proposing policy changes to support retailers. Nur Shrine, South Du Pont Highway, New Castle, DE – Open to Press. Contact Brian P. Cunningham 302-685-2795.

    Note: Schedule is subject to change.

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  • Senator Coons talks financial responsibility with Shortlidge Elementary School students

    Senator Coons reads about financial literacy to students at Shortlidge Elementary School on April 11, 2014. Photo Credit: Evan Krape, University of Delaware.

    Photo credit: Evan Krape, University of Delaware

    Senator Coons, along with members of the Delaware Bankers Association, visited with 4th grade students from Shortlidge Elementary School as part of the 16th annual Teach Children to Save Day. Chris joined Mrs. Mahotiere’s class and read from the book The Great Investo and The Secret Saver.

    The Teach Children to Save program is a state-wide outreach program sponsored by a partnership of the Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship and the Delaware Bankers Association. The goal of the program is to draw attention to the importance of teaching children about saving at an early age. The program is held in April as part of Financial Literacy Month. More than 285 volunteer bankers are visiting 92 schools this week to teach a lesson on saving using the Great Investo book.

    This year’s Teach Children to Save Day lesson is based off Greg Koseluk’s new book The Great Investo and the Secret Saver. The book was written and illustrated by Koseluk, a member of the Delaware Bankers Association. Koseluk created the book specifically for the 2014 Teach Children to Save Day event with the assistance of a grant from Capital One.

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  • Senator Coons' office accepting summer 2014 internship applications

    Senator Coons meets with students in Delaware

    Interested in working for Senator Coons in Washington or Delaware? The Office of Senator Chris Coons is seeking interns for offices in Washington, DC, Wilmington, DE, and Dover, DE for the summer of 2014. Responsibilities include answering phones, greeting visitors, sorting mail, handling requests for flags and tours, and assisting front office as well as legislative staff. Summer internship positions are full time. Please note that all positions are unpaid, but may qualify for academic credit if eligible. 

    This position requires outstanding organizational abilities, strong communication skills, attention to detail, poise, flexibility, and an ability to prioritize in an extremely fast-paced office. Motivated, hard-working, and professional applicants looking to get a taste of Capitol Hill or state congressional offices are encouraged to apply.

    Interested candidates should e-mail Eric Wall at Eric_Wall@coons.senate.gov with the subject line reading “Intern” and include a cover letter, resume, and one brief (2-3 pages) writing sample. Applicants should also specify which offices they are interested in applying to. Applications received by May 15 will be given priority. Delaware ties a plus, but not required. Absolutely no walk-ins or phone calls.

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  • ZOUP’s! On! Senator Coons welcomes new business to New Castle County

    Senator Coons speaks with Eric Ames, owner of Zoup!

    Senator Coons, joined by students from William Penn’s Communities in Schools program, members of the Small Business Administration, and Delaware State Chamber of Commerce congratulated new business owners Eric and Zia Ames at the grand opening of their new ZOUP! Franchise in Wilmington. Customers and friends filled the seats and lined the walls of the new soup and sandwich store to celebrate the new business, which was launched with the investment of the Small Business Adiministration and Applied Bank .

    “Small business is the lifeblood of the community, not just here in Delaware, but across America,” said Chris. “Our small businesses do more than sell us goods and services — they support and strengthen our communities. I congratulate Eric and Zia on their passion, pride and boldness, to take that leap to start this venture.”

    Eric and Zia spoke to the more than 30 students gathered at the event about the sacrifices, as well as the rewards that come with being an entrepreneur in the community.

    Two out of three new jobs created in this country are created by small businesses, and here in Delaware, there are 70,000 small businesses that create jobs and give many families a chance to attain the American dream.

    “It takes a community to build a business, and thanks to the support of the SBA, Applied Bank, and a strong business community, my family's dream to own our own business has become a reality,” said owner Eric Ames. “As a first generation business owner, I am excited by what this opportunity means for my children, knowing that when they graduate from college, they can begin their career or pursue a passion as an entrepreneur because they saw their dad do it.”

    Zoup is located 4715 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808

  • Investing in American workers

    The smartest investment Congress can make is in American workers — whether they currently have a job or not.

    Although we’ve come a long way since the depths of the Great Recession, there’s still more we can and must do to help our small businesses grow and create jobs. Americans continue to face a tough job market and too many of our neighbors have been out of work for a long time.

    At a minimum, we must do more to help unemployed Americans stay afloat as they look for work. That’s why this week, like I did several times last month, I voted to extend emergency unemployment insurance benefits for the 1.7 million Americans and 4,300 Delawareans who have been jobless for more than 26 weeks – and whose benefits expired at the end of December. They’re folks who were laid off through no fault of their own because of the Great Recession. They’ve worked for much of their lives and paid into the system, and they deserve our support as they work to get back on their feet.

    We need to stand with our job-seeking neighbors, and yesterday I spoke on the Senate floor on their behalf. Click here to take a look and to share your own opinion on helping out-of-work Delawareans.

    As I argued on the floor, unemployment insurance is a critical lifeline to Americans looking for work – keeping families from falling into poverty and providing needed support to our economy at the same time.

    Renewing emergency unemployment insurance, though, should only be the start of our work. If we want to grow our economy and our middle class, Washington needs to renew its focus on helping our manufacturers grow and create jobs.

    We need to make sure that at every level, we’re training Americans for the needs of the modern economy. Investing in American workers is how we’ll be able to rebuild our middle class and ensure that our nation can compete over the long-term. By modernizing our education system and building partnerships between our schools and our businesses, we can ensure that our workers have the skills employers need today and tomorrow.

    The best way to help our job-seeking neighbors is to grow our economy and create jobs. Click here to learn more about how I propose to do that and let me know what you think.

    I’m doing everything I can to help businesses create jobs in Delaware, but I can’t do it without you. We’re at our best when we remember that we’re all in this together – when we help lift each other up when one of us has fallen. Thank you for joining me in this critical fight.

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