The faculty and staff at the Warren County Tech Center are committed to the success of our students. Efforts to ensure a seamless transition into a career pathway or into a postsecondary institution are critical to our mission. We continuously seek opportunities to build relationships with business and industry while transforming our programs to satisfy the shifting needs of a global economy.
A recent survey of over 800 Kentucky business owners identified “work ethics” as their primary problem with new hires. The majority of participants indicated that the academic abilities as well as the skill sets of new hires were adequate. However, they want an employee that will show up, be on time, have a good attitude, be a team player, and be happy about being an employee with their company. In an effort to meet the needs of business and industry, the Warren County Tech Center has developed the “Be the Change” program. Ghandi was quoted as saying: “To see a change in society, you must first be the change.” Hence, we felt the title would resonate with our youth.
We have selected a rewards approach to this initiative. Faculty and staff at the Warren County Tech Center write tickets for students who are caught doing the right thing, using yes sir, no sir, thank you, and please, being respectful, being on time, displaying good attendance, team players, and leaders in the classroom. On Friday of each week we draw two names in the morning and two names in the afternoon. These students are recognized for their behavior and rewarded with our “Be the Change” t-shirt, cap, or a gift from our treasure chest. This positive approach generates an optimistic culture and inspires students to excel in their chosen career fields.