What is Work Ethic Certification?

Indiana Governor’s Work Ethic Certification

Governor's Work Ethic Certificate logo

The State Workforce Innovation Council (SWIC) views the development and adoption of a community and employer recognized Work Ethic Certificate (WEC) as an important tool that can help provide skilled high school graduates to today’s workforce.  The employability skills recognized in the Governor’s WEC have been vetted by Hoosier employers, community based organizations and post-secondary education institutions and are designed to encourage students to meet the benchmarks that will assist them in their college or career goals. The Indiana Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate is recognized by participating business around the state and has been implemented by a number of high schools in the state of Indiana.

The program goals of the Indiana Governor’s Work Ethic Certification are:

  • Connect employers to their local school district through a College and Career Readiness Advisory Council designed to create a collaborative partnership that benefits the community.
  • Provide students with an understanding of necessary employability skills for today’s in-demand jobs and allow them an opportunity to demonstrate these skills while in high school.
  • Provide employers with potential workers who understand the values and importance of responsibility and perseverance in the workplace.

Elkhart County Work Ethic Certification

Elkhart County Work Ethic Certification logo

The combined mission of Elkhart County High Schools is to ensure every student graduates ready to meet the challenge of post-secondary opportunities, i.e. four or two year college, workforce, military, etc. In order to achieve their goal(s), we acknowledge students must have both academic and soft/process skills to succeed in their chosen post-secondary setting.

Work Ethic Certification is a verified way to identify graduating seniors throughout Elkhart County who have, during their senior year of high school, demonstrated they have obtained the work characteristics that will make them the ideal candidates for employment.

In Elkhart County, all 10 high schools have committed to implementing the Work Ethic Certificate program. The first graduates to obtain WEC in Elkhart County will be the class of 2018.

The very foundation of the Elkhart County Work Ethic Certificate is PRIDE. PRIDE is an acronym for the work and life characteristics that are important to successful businesses to have from their best employees. Learn more about the PRIDE characteristics.