Governor's Work Ethic Certification Program (PRIDE)
Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate- PRIDE Program for graduating seniors
One aspect of our College and Career Readiness Initiative is the Governor’s Work Ethic Certification program. There are a limited number of school corporations in Indiana who are currently providing this opportunity to students. Earning this certificate is a way for students to demonstrate that they possess the employability and character skills needed to be successful as they enter post-secondary institutions, apprenticeships, the military or the workforce.
Student’s receiving the Governor’s WEC are measured in nine areas of academic and work ethic competency. Five subjective measures (Persistence, Respectfulness, Initiative, Dependability, and Efficiency) will require three teachers each to sign stating a student has met these requirements. Students must also complete 6 hours of community service, have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, meet all graduation requirements, have an attendance rate of 98% and one or fewer discipline referrals for the year.
The Miami County EDA is currently working with our business community and post-secondary institutions to determine how they will commit their support of this program and to the students earning the certificate. Based on the feedback received from the business community it is obvious that they place value on employees being at work on a regular basis and on time, being able to work with others, being able to solve problems and being a self-starter.
Seniors have been encouraged to enroll in this program. Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate signed by the Governor at Senior Awards, a cord to wear at graduation, a county-wide breakfast, as well as eligibility for a monetary award. This certificate is recognized by employers and colleges as an achievement reflecting a student's character, work ethic and potential for success. Please encourage your senior to take advantage of this opportunity.