Work Ethic Seal Program
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce's Talent Development Committee's Work Ethic Seal program prepares senior high school students for the transition from school to work and life beyond the classroom. Ensuring that high schools students are acquiring the needed work ethic in order to obtain and secure successful employment is one of the missions of the program.
The Bowling Green and Warren County school systems have produced some of the hardest working students in the nation. The Chamber, working with local businesses, industries and school systems, has developed the Work Ethic Seal program with its own set of specific criteria to identify these very special students whose hard work, attendance and extracurricular activities distinguish them from the norm.
Students receiving this recognition should have an advantage when seeking employment as it easily identifies potential employees with a demonstrated work ethic. Listed on college applications it shows that the student has learned the value of active participation in school, and identifies the student as one who will regularly attend class and work hard at their education.
Students earning this recognition will wear a special cord at graduation, will have the Work Ethic Seal permanently affixed to their certificate and will be eligible to receive a scholarship.
In order to participate, students must achieve the following:
- Maintain regular attendance that complies with School Board policy
- Receive only two unexcused absences and/or tardies
- Have no disciplinary referrals
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA
- Be involved in at least two of the following:
- An organized or unorganized team sport
- An extracurricular program
- A part-time job
- Community service
(All criteria must be completed by the third quarter of the student's senior year in high school.)
Student's participation in the Work Ethic Seal program is voluntary. Participants must complete an application to express their interest in the program. Then they will be enrolled in the Junior Achievement Success Skills class. The class is based on a variety of valuable life and employment lessons. The students must successfully complete the seven session Success Skill seminar in order to complete the Work Ethic Seal program in its entirety. Some of the basic concepts taught in the classroom include attitude, business careers, ethics, interviews, job applications and resumes and cover letters.
Once students complete the program they are eligible to apply for a $1,000 scholarship to Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Technical College or Daymar College.
Students interested in participating in the Work Ethic Seal program should contact their guidance counselor.