Ohio high school students can get "Jobs Readiness" seal on diploma

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio will use a new seal on high school diplomas to recognize students who demonstrate certain workplace characteristics that aren't reflected in their grades, such as reliability, leadership and a commitment to being drug-free.

Ohio employers helped identify 15 skills required for the "Ohio Means Jobs-Readiness" Seal.

Students can qualify if mentors from school, work, or the community validate that they have demonstrated all those skills.

The list includes creativity, problem-solving, punctuality, and effective teamwork and communication.

State officials say the seal helps students show their job-readiness to colleges and potential employers.

For the class of 2018 only, the seal also will count toward the requirements of an alternative pathway for students to earn a diploma.

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