450 Hardin County Schools graduating Seniors have earned work ethic certification for the 2016-17 school year. The Work Ethic Certification Program focuses on soft skills often required by employers such as good attendance, respect and communication skills. To receive the certification, students must demonstrate proficiency in the program’s eight standards. It serves as validation that students have successfully displayed strong work habits that will foster success in higher education and the workplace. The first time it was offered in the 2013-14 school year, 61 students received the certification. In the 2014-15 school year, it was 200 students. In the 2015-16, the total was 187. The increasing participation numbers demonstrate the value this program hast to the students, community and the work force.