Recognizing Students’ Work Ethic through the Work Ethic Seal Program

Beginning with the Class of 2016, UCHS students have the opportunity to be recognized and rewarded for demonstrating a strong work ethic in their high school studies.

This year, 34 UCHS Seniors are on their way to earning a Work Ethic seal on their diploma.  Of these 34 Seniors, those who complete the year having met the criteria in the areas of attendance, academics, behavior, and soft skills will be awarded the Work Ethic seal, receive a special cord to wear at graduation, and receive an official recommendation letter signed by the UCPS Superintendent and President of Union County First. Students with the Work Ethic Seal on their diploma will be given special consideration by employers when applying for jobs.

To earn the UC Work Ethic Seal, Senior students must have achieved during their overall high school career a minimum 2.5 GPA, an average daily attendance rate of 96%, have “no major” disciplinary referrals, complete a “soft skills” training course, and be involved in either a community service project, sport, or a part time job.


The Work Ethic seal is a movement across the nation, not just in Kentucky, to encourage strong work ethic and the development of valuable soft skills.  In Kentucky, it is a part of the Work Ready Scholarship program and in Union County, it counts toward our Work Ready community status.   In April, Union County representatives were part of a regional work ethic seal action committee as part of the Western Kentucky Educational Cooperative to replicate the Work Ethic seal in school districts in Western Kentucky and offer a model they can replicate state-wide.


On Thursday, May 26th at 6:00 pm, Seniors having earned the Work Ethic seal will be recognized at a special recognition ceremony at the Earle C. Clements Jackie Robinson Center.  Union County Schools extends an invitation to all area business owners and leaders to attend this recognition ceremony and show your support to our UCHS students.  Please RSVP to Ladonna Brown at the Central Office at 270-389-1694 to indicate your attendance.