City Manager’s Diploma Policy Paying Off
Receiving a high school diploma is an achievement most people accomplish but sometimes reaching the goal can be difficult. In June 2012, City Manager Ron Olson discovered more than 100 City employees did not have at least a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and made a policy change to make that milestone more achievable. The City of Corpus Christi now has 59 employees who have received their GED or General Education Development test credential thanks to the City Manager’s requirement.
In 2012, Olson approved a policy requiring all new full-time employees to have at least a high school diploma or a GED. Those employees without are not eligible for a promotion, could be demoted, denied a pay increase or fired. “I feel proud that these 59 employees have made a tremendous effort by achieving this goal in getting their GED,” said City Manager Ron Olson.
The City Manager continues to reach out to supervisors asking them to encourage employees to enroll in the GED program at Del Mar College and make their schedules more flexible to allow them to attend classes and study. Yasmine Chapman, Director of Human Resources said, “Many employees are seeing the successes of their co-workers and using it as an incentive for self-development.”