A program in its first year in the northeast Tennessee region guarantees qualifying students a job interview with more than 30 businesses. This year, eight students at Elizabethton High School received a Work Ethic Diploma by earning points in a variety of qualifying areas.
Points can be earned for attendance and behavior, grade point average, scores on the ACT or WorkKeys exams, being in good standing with TNPromise, earning industry certifications, or being drug free. Out of 14 standards, students may earn 20 points.
Employers throughout the region recognize the award and guarantee qualifying students an interview because of their proven record of excellence. Participating businesses include JTekt, International Paper, Kawasaki, GE, Kelly Services, Mullican Flooring, and others.
The first-ever Work Ethic Diploma recipients at EHS include Raina Barnett, Ethan Eggleston, Ethan Fields, Sydney Hayes, Lauren McGinnis, Cassidee Ray, Jayla Wandell, and Ryan Wetzel. They were honored at the May Board of Education meeting and received a special diploma upon graduating.
More information about the diploma is available here.