October 28, 2019 – In 2018, the Ohio Department of Education introduced a new initiative to recognize high school students who show they are prepared to contribute to the workplace and their community. The OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal is a formal designation that students can earn on their high school diplomas and transcripts indicating they have the personal strengths, strong work ethic, and the professional experience that businesses need.
Sidney High School Career-Based Intervention instructor, Mary Ellen Buechter, is proud to announce the Scott Family McDonald's and Sgt. Coey of the US Army will be co-sponsoring the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal program for Sidney High School students and will be serving as mentors.
"Partnering with a local business and the United States Army will enable my students to obtain additional real-life skills from community professionals," said Buechter.
To earn the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal, motivated high school students must demonstrate certain professional skills required for success in the workplace. Students work with at least three experienced and trusted mentors who validate the demonstration of these skills in school, on the job, or the community.
“Work ethic is essential to success no matter where you are in life,” said Cindy Frantz of Scott Family McDonald's. "Learning these workplace skills and gaining professional experiences transcends the classroom into a student's first job and can help catapult them into a successful career."
[Seated are Cindy Frantz from the Scott Family McDonalds (left) and Mary Ellen Buechter, CBIP Instructor at Sidney High School (right). SHS students in the program stand behind them.]
“Local businesses continuously seek soft skills among applicants,” said Buechter. “This program helps graduates demonstrate to businesses they have the skills necessary to succeed in the 21st-century workplace.”
Established by the Ohio Legislature under House Bill 49, the Ohio Department of Education, Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and Ohio Department of Higher Education identified an initial list of professional skills based on reports by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, in partnership with The Conference Board, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Society for Human Resource Management and Corporate Voices for Working Families.
In addition, state partners surveyed Ohio’s business community to select the most essential or important skills for workplace success. Through the survey, business leaders identified the 15 skills students must demonstrate to earn the seal. These skills include a commitment to being drug-free, reliability, a strong work ethic, punctuality, discipline, teamwork and collaboration, professionalism, learning agility, critical thinking and problem-solving, leadership, creativity and innovation, good oral and written communication skills, an understanding of digital technology, global and intercultural fluency, and career management.
The OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal is available for the graduating classes of 2018 and beyond and is printed directly on Ohio diplomas and transcripts.
Other community businesses willing to work with Ms. Buechter at Sidney High School to be mentors in the program can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.