Sunday, December 16th, 2018

Huntington North offers Work Ethic Certification

Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018

Viking PRIDE, a Work Ethic Certification program, was implemented this year by the Huntington County Community School Corporation. For students to qualify and to earn this certification, the student must meet and/or exceed in nine different categories.

The program began this year after the local business community expressed their needs in the workplace. Local employers have mentioned that students coming out of high school are not adept at the soft skills needed to succeed in today’s work environment. Students do not always understand what it takes to be a good employee and what employers look for in hiring an individual to do a job. The school corporation is asking local businesses to encourage high school students by participating in the Work Ethic Certification program.

Also when businesses hire students that have earned this certification, local businesses know they are hiring someone that understands soft skills and are better prepared for the working world.

The Viking PRIDE program acronym stands for Persistence, Respectfulness, Initiative, Dependability and Efficiency. For a student to earn this certification, the student must qualify by being able to persevere through challenges and problem solving; demonstrate service to others; exhibit the ability to be a self-starter and critical thinker; show reliability, responsibility and teamwork; demonstrate organizational skills to include punctuality and self-management; must possess a GPA of 2.0 or higher; have a 98% attendance rate; have one or less discipline referrals and complete six hours of community service.

As an employer in Huntington County, the school corporation is asking local businesses to sign up and be PRIDE sponsors by offering an incentive to students. Some examples of potential incentives include: guaranteed job interviews; applicant preferences; higher base pay; flex college orientation class waived; flex scheduling; health club/gym membership; bonus vacation day; sign-on bonus; tuition reimbursement to fit the particular company; professional mentoring and profession seminars. Or maybe a business would like to offer their own incentive to the students that qualify for the certification.

For more information, please click here for the Work Ethic Certification information, and the application to become a part of this program. Once the application form is completed, return it to: Huntington County Community Learning Center, Attn.: Tiffanney Drummond, 2201 N. Jefferson Street, Huntington, IN 46750. The form can also be emailed to Drummond at tdrummond@hccsc.k12.in.us.