COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH)– The Ohio Department of Education, OhioMeansJobs, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium have partnered to help people earn their high school diplomas and transcripts.

Friday afternoon in Powel, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria joined Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President and CEO Tom Stalf, at the conclusion of In-Demand Jobs Week, to highlight the Zoo’s Edge Program that allows high school students to earn the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal.

FULL INTERVIEW WITH GOV. MIKE DEWINE: 

FULL INTERVIEW WITH STATE SUPERINTENDENT PAOLO DEMARIA: 

The OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal is a designation high school students may earn on their diplomas and transcripts that shows they have demonstrated 15 professional skills such as reliability, collaboration, and work ethic at school, work, or in the community.

The list was compiled by business leaders in Ohio, based on qualities they feel are lacking in job applicants. By earning the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal, students are demonstrating they have skills that are in high demand by employers. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal program.