(Columbus, OH) High school graduates in Ohio will have a new seal of approval, of sorts.
The new seal on high school diplomas will recognize students who demonstrate certain "soft skills" in the workplace not reflected in their grades-- those include reliability, leadership, and a commitment to be drug-free.
State education officials say the seal will help students show job-readiness to colleges and potential employers, who helped identify 15 skill sets required for the OhioMeansJobs-Readiness Seal. Students only qualify if mentors from school, work, or the community validate demonstrate of such skills as creativity, problem-solving, punctuality, effective teamwork and communication.
This year only, the seal also counts toward requirements of an alternative pathway to a high school diploma.