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Indiana Department of Workforce Development

The Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate

What is the Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate?

The State Workforce Innovation Council (SWIC) views the development and adoption of a community and employer recognized Work Ethic Certificate (WEC) as an important tool that can help provide a pipeline of skilled high school graduates into today’s workforce.  The employability skills recognized in the Governor’s WEC have been vetted by Hoosier employers, community based organizations and post-secondary education institutions and are designed to encourage students to meet the benchmarks that will assist them in their college or career goals.

Program Goals

  • Connect employers to their local school district through a College and Career Readiness Advisory Council designed to create a collaborative partnership that benefits the community.
  • Provide students with an understanding of necessary employability skills for today’s in-demand jobs and allow them an opportunity to demonstrate these skills while in high school.
  • Provide employers with potential workers who understand the values and importance of responsibility and perseverance in the workplace.


Click here to register your school or school corporation as an official Governor's WEC program participant.  The application is open to any interested school. Applicants are not required to have received a Governor's WEC grant to participate. All applications will be reviewed for approval by the SWIC.

Governor's WEC Grant

Eighteen pilot programs received grants between $20,000 and $55,000 for 18 months of planning and implementation of the Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate program. Funding is available from January 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018...learn more


For questions or additional assistance, please contact Brianna Morse, Associate Director of Youth Initiatives, at 317-376-5083 or