Over the last five years, nearly 1,400 Hardin County Schools’ graduates have earned the district’s Work Ethic Certification. This year, more than 450 students are expected to earn the golden seal on their high school diploma.
For those seniors who earn Work Ethic Certification this school year, HCS will host a career fair on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Prichard Community Center in Elizabethtown. Business, industry and manufacturing partners who would like to participate may contact HCS Community Relations Specialist John Wright at 270-769-8867 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Exhibitors can accept resumes and talk to students about prospective job openings. The time for the career fair will be announced at a later date.
“The Work Ethic Certification program is a wonderful opportunity for our students,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “It provides them with an advantage as they enter the work force, the military or post-secondary education institutions. They can honestly say they know what it takes for success in the workplace. This career fair will give them another opportunity to understand that employers are seeking employees who can be punctual, responsible, respectful and organized.”
What is the Work Ethic Certification Program?
As a participant in the HCS Work Ethic Certification (WEC) program, students must demonstrate proficiency in the district’s GREAT 8 Standards (see below). These standards focus on the “soft skills” which employers across Hardin County, the state, the region and the country yearn – good attendance, respect, communication skills, etc. WEC serves as validation that students have successfully displayed strong work habits that will foster success in both higher education and the workplace.
Combined with the criteria and standards they must meet, Work Ethic participants receive instruction on the GREAT 8 Standards in their senior English course. The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce helps the district recruit business and industry to support WEC by participating in the program’s capstone piece – a real interview conducted by business and community leaders – and by allowing Work Ethic Certification graduates an opportunity for a job interview at their business. Interviews may not lead to hires, but it gives the graduate the priceless experience of an interview. The Chamber also provides three $1000 scholarships to seniors (one at Central Hardin High School, John Hardin High School and North Hardin High School) who have excelled in demonstrating the standards.
Attempting to earn the WEC is not mandatory. While each student learns about it and the GREAT 8 Standards, students must prove they have independently met the rigors of each standard and be successful in the interview with business or community leaders.
The GREAT 8 Standards are as follows:
- Attendance & Tardiness
- Personal Responsibility & Accountability
- Academic Performance
- Work Habits & Persistence
- Punctuality, Preparedness & Organization
- Respectful Interactions & Communication
- Cooperation & Teamwork
- Community Service
Learn more about the Work Ethic Certification program, please go to http://www.hardin.kyschools.us/Content/160