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Governor's Work Ethic Certificate

Indiana Governor's Work Ethic Certificate (for Seniors)

Seniors wishing to obtain the Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate (GWEC) will be measured in nine areas of academic and work ethic competency.  Five subjective measures will require three teachers to sign stating that the student has met the requirements.  Four additional objective competencies will be obtained from the student management system to indicate competency in measurable areas.

Here is a list of local employers who are honoring the certificate.

Subjective Criteria
3 School Adult Signatures = 15 total

  1. PERSISTENCE: Students will demonstrate ability to persevere through challenges and problem-solve.

  2. RESPECTFULNESS: Students are accepting and will demonstrate service to others, possess a positive attitude and communicate clearly.

  • Teamwork:
  • Community Service:  Student has completed a minimum of six hours of service this school year.
  1. INITIATIVE: Students will demonstrate ability to be a self-starter and critical thinker.

  2. DEPENDABILITY:  Students will demonstrate reliability, responsibility and teamwork.

  3. EFFICIENCY: Students will demonstrate organization skills, importance of punctuality and self-management.

Objective Criteria - Data

  1. GPA:  Students will demonstrate academic readiness: possessing a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and has met or is on track to meet all graduation requirements.

  2. ATTENDANCE:  Student’s attendance rate is 98% or higher AND has four or fewer sign-ins, sign-outs or times tardy to school during the eligible school year.

  3. DISCIPLINE:  Student has 1 or fewer discipline referrals during the eligible school year.

  4. SERVICE:  Student completes a minimum of 6 hours of school or community service during the eligible school year, for which s/he has not received academic credit or compensation.

  • Also, note students who sign-up to participate in the program will also be put into the pool for random drug screening.


Students must complete the "student participation form" and return it to the counseling center in order to participate in the program.  The form can be found at this link


Students must verify their service hours.  The form to verify service hours can be found at this link.  Please complete the form and return it to the Counseling Center.  You can use 3 hours for "Senior Work Day" in the spring.


Please see the Governor's Work Ethic Certificate Flyer for testimonials from students. 

Why should I get the Work Ethic Certificate?

High School seniors should get the WEC to demonstrate to potential employers that they have the "soft" skills that are needed to be employable.  These skills are what employers want to see from potential employees.  By earning the certificate you have demonstrated you have those skills that employers seek in potential employees.


Employers throughout Hancock County and the state of Indiana are honoring the WEC by providing work based incentives to individuals who have earned the certificate.  Work based incentives could include:

  1. Job Interview - Guaranteed
  2. Applicant Pool Preference
  3. Tuition Reimbursement
  4. Flexible Scheduling
  5. Sign-on Bonus
  6. Increased Base Pay
  7. Professional Mentoring Opportunity
  8. Other.

Here is a list of local employers who are honoring the certificate.


Here is a list of employers across the state who are honoring the certificate.


Here is a list of Indiana High Schools participating in the Governor's Work Ethic Certificate Program.