- In 2000, the concept for a regional Work Ethic Diploma was brought to the Northern Kentucky Chamber by employers that felt students were not completing high school with the soft skills needed to be "career ready".
- With the input of area educators, business leaders, and post-secondary representatives, standards were developed to measure work ethic in students.
The Work Ethic Diploma was designed to:
Grade Point Average
Since its inception, Work Ethic Diploma in the high schools has been a great success with well over 10,000 students receiving the special diploma from the N. Kentucky Chamber. Approximately 27 high schools implement the program each year, with an average of 1200 recipients from each senior class.
The demand for strong soft skills, such as work ethic, continues to grow upon the employer population according to several reports on the key attributes sought after in new employees.