Schools have taken on an increased responsibility for teaching a proper work ethic in high school. Even with the best possible parenting, schools are often the place where high school students learn work habits and expectations that carry forward into their working adult life.
The seven A’s of work ethics are being taught to every Montezuma-Cortez High School student this year. These include Attitude, Attendance, Appearance, Ambition, Accountability, Acceptance, and Appreciation.The program is called “Bring your A-Game to Work”.
A training session was held with more than a dozen community members and M-CHS teachers, to learn how the Bring Your A-Game to Work could be taught in high school to students. Teachers and mentors learned that three out of four employers perceive that high school graduates lack a proper work ethic.
“The goal is to help provide the community with a workforce that is badly needed,” said Ed Rice, M-CHS director of career and technical education.
“On average, parents today spend about 15 minutes per week engaging with meaningful conversation with their children,” said Rice. “This is why schools, across the nation, have to teach students these skills.”
The Bring You’re A-Game to Work curriculum and training program aims to help students understand the foundational values and behaviors of work ethic. Participants learn lessons about how to be reliable, professional, take initiative, be positive, respect authority and have integrity, which can exponentially increase their potential.
Developed by the Denver-based Center for Work Ethic Development’s, the program supplements students’ education and lessons taught in the home to ensure they not only have the skills that employers seek, but the values that make them invaluable.
Community mentors, including a number of young professionals in the Cortez Chamber of Commerce, have volunteered to team up with teachers to help launch the initiative.