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Northwest Tech one of the first to implement the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Certification

Northwest Tech one of the first to implement the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s Work Ethic Certification


GOODLAND, Kan. – NOV. 4, 2020 – Northwest Tech has announced that it is one of the first post-secondary schools to participate in the national expansion of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation’s pilot curriculum, known as the MRW Work Ethic Certification. This program is currently underway at Northwest Tech and accredited by the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3). The expansion includes an additional 20 post-secondary NC3 leadership schools across the United States.


The mikeroweWORKS Foundation collaborated with WSU Tech to create and develop the MRW Work Ethic Certification with support from Koch Industries and the Charles Koch Foundation. This program 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 NC3 certificate. For more information about the MRW Work Ethic Certification, click here for the media kit.


“No matter how quickly the world changes, the qualities of successful individuals are still the same,” said Mike Rowe, founder and CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. “The principles of hard work, determination, and respect for others are always in demand and a big part of our Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Many employers have reached out to my foundation and asked if those principles could form the basis of a new kind of curriculum—a guide, of sorts, to help bolster the importance of these qualities in the American workforce.”


The certification program is currently administered through NC3’s online platform, which 20 NC3 Leadership Schools will implement in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Nearly 1,800 students have completed the work ethic curriculum to date.


"We value the importance of developing a strong work ethic in our students before they graduate and head into the workforce," said Northwest Tech President Ben Schears. "Adding the MRW Work Ethic Certification that is NC3-certified will strengthen our student experience and add an additional certification relevant to employer needs."


To learn more about how to bring the MRW Work Ethic Certification to your school, visit




About Northwest Kansas Technical College

The mission of Northwest Kansas Technical College, as an institution of higher learning, is to prepare individuals for gainful employment in technical and professional careers, productive personal lives, and lifelong learning.

Northwest Tech is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a Kansas Board of Regents institution. For more information, visit NWKTC.EDU.


About mikeroweWORKS Foundation

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works hard to debunk myths and misperceptions about the trades and help close the skills gap. As the CEO of mikeroweWORKS, Mike speaks regularly about the country’s dysfunctional relationship with work and challenges the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for the most people. The Foundation provides financial assistance to people getting trained for skilled jobs through its annual Work Ethic Scholarship Program. Since its inception, mikeroweWORKS has helped grant, or facilitated the granting of, more than $5 million in support of technical and vocational education. To learn more, visit


About NC3

NC3 was established to help build a workforce prepared to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s industries by connecting employers and educational institutions in synergistic partnerships that foster effective training, elevation of skilled careers, and employment opportunities. In fulfilling its mission, NC3 builds deep industry-educational partnerships and develops, implements and sustains industry-recognized portable certifications built on national skills standards. We envision an industrial labor market where all workers have jobs they need to thrive and all companies have well-trained employees they need to operate and grow. Learn more at

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