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MRW Work Ethic Certification

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Employability Skills

In 2008, Mike Rowe created the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to launch a national PR campaign for skilled labor. When Mike started the foundation, he wanted to find a way to articulate the qualities he values most. He ended up writing the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge, which stands for “Skill and Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo.” The S.W.E.A.T. Pledge consists of 12 statements that outline the importance of four pillars—work ethic, personal responsibility, delayed gratification, and a positive attitude.

Technical skills help you get the job, work ethic helps you keep the job.

The MRW Work Ethic Certification focuses on the 12 statements of the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge. Each statement has a story, and each story comes from Mike’s personal experience working with entrepreneurs and hardworking people across the country. Through this program, we break down the origin of each statement in 12 lessons and explore why we believe every student and worker can benefit from embracing this pledge, regardless of their job or skill set.


MRW Work Ethic Plan

Ohio 4-H is one of the first.

Ohio is one of the first 4-H programs to offer this opportunity to high school students in the nation! However, it didn’t start there. Since 2021, The Ohio State University ATI was among the first 20 colleges in the nation to offer the Work Ethic Certification, and the first in Ohio.


Virtual Course

Open to all Ohio high school youth.

Dates: Every Monday and Wednesday from April 22 - May 8
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Must be able to attend all sessions.

Click here to register.

Registration is due April 12. Limited to 20 participants.

Looking to bring this opportunity to your classroom or organization?

Contact us to customize this training!


For more information, contact Margo Overholt-Seckel at


The MRW Work Ethic Certification is currently administered through WSUTech and facilitated by Ohio 4-H.