Published Sunday, February 17, 2013
By REBECCA LEFTWICH
Several students from Newnan High School's Jobs for Georgia Graduates recently earned eligibility for certificates in the Georgia Business Ethics Student Training program.
Eligible students had to score between 25-30 on their "soft skills," character traits that will help them in the classroom as well as in the workplace. A goal of the program is to help participants learn to maintain honest behavior in all situations; be trustworthy, reliable and dependable in all responsibilities; and demonstrate self-discipline and self-responsibility.
A series of exercises helps students work through various scenarios, including discussion with hypothetical questions such as, "What would you do if you found a lost wallet?" or "Suppose your best friend begged you to cheat on a test?"
Use of newspapers or news reports is another exercise in ethics in the program. Students pick out a story or news report from web sources that reflect how bad character or discipline issues can have a major impact on someone’s life, giving examples of one bad choice that can have life-long implications.
Other points-eligible factors are lack of discipline referrals, attendance, job shadowing, service projects, grade point average, and demonstrating strong personal and time management and flexibility through a personal portfolio.
Newnan High students eligible for recognition by the Georgia BEST program include Tichina Alford, Arielle Amey, Biannca Bolton, Chiara Carter, Stephanie Hall, Adrain Harris, Keianna Head, Marqualla Hinton, Quanesha Jennings, Stephanie Parks, Alona Sanders and Azgene Sconiers.
Jobs for Georgia Graduates is a school to work transition program designed to provide high school students with pre-employment training, work skills, motivational activities, and job development. JGG provides follow-up services to increase the graduation rate and encourage successful transition from school to work.