ATI to offer MRW Work Ethic Certification

Submitted by Kris Boone, boone.3@osu.edu

Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation are partnering with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Wichita State University (WSU) Tech, and National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to support the national expansion of a pilot work ethic certification based on the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s work ethic curriculum. The certification is currently underway at WSU Tech and accredited by NC3. The expansion includes ATI and another 19 post-secondary NC3 leadership schools across the United States.

This program, known as the MRW Work Ethic Certification, is an extension of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge and examines the importance of work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude. Students who successfully complete the program will receive an industry-recognized NC3 certificate.

“No matter how quickly the world changes, the qualities of successful individuals are still the same,” said Mike Rowe, founder and CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. “The principles of hard work, determination, and respect for others are always in demand and a big part of our Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Many employers have reached out to my foundation and asked if those principles could form the basis of a new kind of curriculum—a guide, of sorts, to help bolster the importance of these qualities in the American workforce. I’m grateful to Koch for their incredible support in making this curriculum possible and to the colleges who have adopted the program.”

“NC3 could not be prouder to accredit and administer this national certification program for the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. We are honored to provide the certifications and instructor training that will ensure the high-level of student competency associated with every NC3 certification and valued by employers,” said Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director of NC3.