After meeting with various industry leaders across Tennessee, it was determined that attendance, punctuality, and being drug-free were common trouble areas in the young adult workforce. As a result, leaders from education and industry in the Northeast region (as a component of the Lakeway Region’s LEAP Grant) sought to come up with a way for students to not only be aware of what it means to be work ready, but to put their knowledge into practice. The Work Ethic Diploma was born as a result.
Qualification and Student Benefits
Students earn their Work Ethic Diploma by acquiring a minimum of 20 points associated with identified work ethic standards. Standards are ranked by level of significance listed on a tracking sheet held by a Career Coach or School Counselor, though it is the responsibility of the student to assure proper documentation. Diploma completion is indicated by a seal placed on a student’s regular high school diploma, guaranteeing an interview at any participating industry if other requirements for a job posting are met.
Students will have an opportunity to show they meet requirements needed to be employable, giving them a last chance to make an investment in their future by demonstrating work ethic competency.