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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local school district is adding work ethic to its curriculum.
"I do have a job, I work at Tractor Supply on Dixie Highway in Elizabethtown, says Vasi Wilk. On Friday she was taking in a Power Point presentation in her senior arts and humanities class at John Hardin High School, though it's not just homework to her. "I've seen people come in late and be no call and no shows," she says.
She's in the first group of 235 seniors in Hardin County's new work ethic certification program.
Dan Robbins, Early College & Career Principal, points out, "I really hate to even say it, but a student had pulled out their cell phone and took a call during an interview."
Business leaders called the problem to the district's attention last year.
Marilyn Ford, President of First Citizens Bank, had another example: "How about letting us know that they're resigning by a text?"
Robbins says, "It's an epidemic with our kids, with our future workers and leaders, that we have to fix.
The district partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to build the program. Motivation signs throughout the campus set standards on punctuality and attendance, respect, persistence, and performance. It's all woven into the current curriculum -- and the finishing touch is a 7-week Junior Achievement business course.
Robbins explains, "It's working with them on those interview skills, resume writing skills, dress, all the things we know have to be addressed."
Ford awaits the first graduates: "If a person completes that program enough to the point where they get that seal on their diploma, then we will give an interview and hopefully get a good candidate."
Wilk hopes to stand at the head of the class: "You are dedicated to finish that job and you're not leaving until that job is done."
The work ethic certification program is being offered at all three Hardin County High Schools. Of a possible 1000 seniors, only 235 signed up.
School leaders says that's an example of what they're up against and how far they have to go.