Warren County Economic Development is launching a program designed to quantify the value of students’ work ethic. The PRIDE certification is awarded to students with at least a 98 percent attendance record and who "excel in soft skills."
PRIDE is modeled after a program launched by Greater Clark County Indiana Schools. The name is an acronym that reflects characteristics that go beyond academics: persistence, respect, initiative, dependability and efficiency.
Director Steve Eberly says "we understand the importance of preparing students well for post-secondary activities and careers, and we know the importance of having jobs for them to step into once their education is complete. Key partners in our county are working together to focus on career readiness and job growth."
In a news release updating the organization’s successes in the early part of the year, Warren County Economic Development says it is also aligned with the state’s agriculture innovation initiative, AgriNovus. Additionally, the nonprofit recently held an annual dinner where it honored West Lebanon-based Hubner Industries LLC for seed corn production and a 70,000-square-foot addition and Kuri Tec Manufacturing in Williamsport for a slightly larger expansion and plans to add more than 85 jobs over the next five years.