Ohio high school students now can earn recognition by showing they are prepared to contribute to the workplace and their communities. The OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal
is a formal designation students can earn on their high school diplomas and transcripts indicating they have the personal strengths, strong work ethic and professional experience that businesses need.
"The 21st century workplace is rapidly changing, and businesses need to know graduates are leaving high school with job-ready professional skills," said Paolo DeMaria, superintendent of public instruction. "Along with Ohio businesses, our team identified essential skills for workplace success and developed the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal for students to demonstrate those attributes."
To earn the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal, motivated high school students must demonstrate the professional skills required for success in the workplace (see sidebar). Students work with at least three experienced and trusted mentors who validate the demonstration of these skills in school, work or the community.
"Work ethic and resiliency are essential to success no matter what your education level or where you are in life," said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey.
The OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal is available for the graduating classes of 2018 and beyond and will be printed directly on Ohio diplomas and transcripts. The seal also counts toward graduation options for students in the class of 2018.