Work Ethic Seal
Collaborating with Business and High Schools for Workforce Development
Western Kentucky University’s Division of Extended Learning and Outreach (DELO) through the Career & Workforce Development together with the area Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement launched an innovative partnership approach to workforce development: the Work Ethic Seal.
Recognizing needs that business and industry indicated were missing in potential employees entering the workforce, DELO collaborated with business, education, and local agencies to assist in establishing a strong work ethic in area high school students.
Students who enroll in the program must meet the following minimum standards set by existing business and industry and the workforce development committee:
- Maintain regular attendance that complies with the School Board policy
- Only two unexcused absences during senior year
- Only two unexcused tardies during senior year
- Student records must be free of disciplinary referrals for fighting, theft, weapon possession, vandalism, arson, or possession of illegal substances
- Has a G.P.A. of 2.5 with no failures for any grading period during senior year
- Must attend the "JA Success Skills" class presented by Junior Achievement (topics include: personal presentation, workplace responsibilities, interviewing skills, employment applications, and resume preparation)
- Must be involved in at least two of the following:
- a) Organized team sport, organized non-team sport, extra-curricular programs (band, chorus, school clubs, etc.)
- b) Part-time employment of ten hours per week for four consecutive months during the school year OR a minimum of 20 hours per week during the prior summer
- c) Participation in a verifiable community project
Students who successfully meet these criteria will:
- receive a special Work Ethic Seal
- be eligible for consideration for one scholarship of $1,000 to attend Western Kentucky University
- be eligible for consideration for one scholarship of $1,000 to attend the Bowling Green Technical College
- be eligible for consideration for one scholarship of $1,000 to attend Draughons Junior College
- wear a special cord at graduation recognizing their efforts
- know that local business and industry endorse the Work Ethic initiative and achieving this Seal may give them a competitive edge when seeking employment
This program was introduced to the local senior classes in August of 2004, and since that time over 1,200 students have participated in the program. The program has expanded to ten high schools in the South Central KY area, and over $65,000 in scholarships have been provided. Additionally, this program was adopted by the Kentucky Society of Human Resource Management as their workforce readiness initiative.