‘Mike Rowe Works’ Work Ethic Certification

REGISTER AT GO.OSU.EDU/MRWREG. Registration is open through September 8.

Ohio 4-H Pathways to the Future is partnering with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, and WSU Tech to support the national expansion of a work ethic certification for high school students based on the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s work ethic curriculum.


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 certificate.


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.



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.

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