(Lebanon) -- The Lebanon School District has joined with the Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce to offer a so-called "Employment Readiness Certificate."
The honor is awarded to Lebanon High School students based on their attendance and disciplinary records -- as well as their extra-curricular and volunteer work.
Chamber President and CEO Larry Bowman says businesses can use the certificate as another tool to know if a potential hire is qualified.
"They have been stressing the need for work preparation skills for their employees and students coming into the workforce," Bowman says. "This is a small way of helping to make some of that happen."
Bowman says his organization is asking companies to support the effort by taking the certificate into account in the hiring process.
He says the program could be expanded to other school districts if it is successful in Lebanon.
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