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University of the Cumberlands continues participation in Work Ethic Seal program

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands (UC) is in its second year of participation with the Work Ethic Seal program, a high school course sponsored by the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

“The Work Ethic Seal program helps us as a university to fulfill our mission to serve this area,” says Dr. Vonda Moore, director of UC’s Master of Business Administration program.

The program was developed by the Tri-County Education Cooperative to help improve the work ethic of students. Students are chosen through an application process and complete the 7-week program during their sophomore year. The program includes topics such as speaking and listening skills, conflict resolution, teamwork, interview skills, resume development and self-promotion.

Students in the program are monitored through their junior and senior years; if their attendance is good, their GPA is above 2.5, and they complete certain extracurricular activities, they will receive a work ethic seal on their high school diploma. The seal will make students eligible for certain scholarships and will give them an edge with employers in the job market.

“Together, the educational system and business and industry can make a difference in young lives to encourage and strengthen a good work ethic for school, the workplace and life in general,” said Cheryl Ellis, chairperson for the Work Ethic program.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article Provided by Kayla Petit, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia & Athletic Services Workship Assistant