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Work Ethic Certification

The Work Ethic Certification program has the ability to change lives and tremendously affect economic success in this region.  The participants in this program will be more than ready to take the next step after graduation; no matter if it is college or career.

 

High school seniors can elect to participate in the Work Ethic Certification Program. As a participant, they must demonstrate proficiency in eight standards in order to earn the certification. The certificate will serve as validation that students have successfully displayed strong work habits fostering success in higher education and the workplace. 

 

Combined with the criteria and standards they must meet, Work Ethic Certification participants will receive curriculum instruction in their high school senior English classes.
 

The Hardin County Chamber will be asking business and industry to show their support by granting Work Ethic Certification graduates a job interview. An interview may not lead to a hire, but it will give the graduate the priceless experience of an interview. 

 

Along with the interview, WEC graduates will also wear special cords at their respective graduation ceremonies and earn program seals on their diplomas. They will be able to apply for scholarships from post-secondary institutions that have a presence in the Hardin County community.

 

There are eight standards to which Work Ethic Certification program participants will adhere. They must meet criteria and gain points within each standard to earn the certification. Click below to see the eight standards and target behaviors. 

The GREAT 8 Standards
Work Ethic Certification Information
Nannette Johnston Impact Grant

The Nannette Johnston Impact Grant fund will award small grants to students who desire to make a difference in their community. 

It starts with a question such as: “What can we do to improve the quality of life in our community”. Students contact a partner agency and ask how they can help them improve services for others. From this conversation, students and their partners discuss an idea that will meet the agency need but can be sustained over time. Students develop their idea into a plan that will be implemented through a community action or service. Students can access Impact funds to turn the idea into reality. 

Through this process, students will put the Work Ethic Standards they have learned into practice through community service (Standard 8). The ultimate goal of this experience is for students to learn to lead through the impact they make in the community. 

How to access the Nannette S. Johnston Impact Grant?

To apply for the Impact Grant, contact a partner agency, complete the 4 simple questions on the grant form and submit the form to your high school counselor 

Impact Grant Application
Impact Grant Application
Please complete this grant application with as much detail as possible. You may need to use additional sheets of paper. Then, give it to your high school guidance counselor who will turn it into the Central Kentucky Community Foundation.
WEC Videos -- Community Members Explain How Critical the Program is

Introduction of the HCS Work Ethic Certification Program -- HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan

The importance of the WEC Program -- Hardin County Community Leaders

Standard #1 -- Attendance & Tardiness

Standard #2 -- Personal Responsibility & Accountability

Standard #3 -- Academic Performance

Standard #4 -- Work Habits & Persistence

Standard #5 -- Punctuality, Preparedness & Organization

Standard #6 -- Respectful Interaction & Communication

Standard #7 -- Cooperation & Teamwork

Standard #8 -- Community Service
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