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North Georgia Technical College instructs and evaluates students on work ethics in all programs of study. Ten work ethics traits are defined as essential for student success and are listed in the table below. The definitions for these traits have been integrated into the program standards of each program curriculum thereby allowing each program to make work ethics a relevant and meaningful part of the program curriculum. The traits are assessed before the student graduates from the program.

Work Ethics Traits
Trait Definition
Appearance Displays appropriate dress, grooming, and hygiene.
Attendance Attends class; arrives/leaves on time; notifies instructor in advance of planned absences.
Attitude Demonstrates a positive outlook; demonstrates mannerly behavior; follows the chain of command.
Character Displays loyalty, honesty, trustworthiness, dependability, reliability, initiative, self-discipline, and self-responsibility.
Communication Displays appropriate nonverbal, verbal, and written skills.
Cooperation Handles criticism, conflicts, and complaints appropriately; works well with others.
Organizational Skills Prioritizes and manages time and resources effectively; demonstrates flexibility in handling change; follows directions and procedures for the work environment.
Productivity Completes tasks assigned efficiently, effectively, and timely; demonstrates problem-solving capabilities.
Respect Tolerates other points of view; acknowledges and appreciates the rights of others; has regard for diversity.
Teamwork Works collaboratively with others toward a common goal in a respectful and cooperative manner; participates appropriately as a team member.