What connection do values and ethics have with business? What part do you as an employee play in a company’s ethical practice? The straightforward truth in any business: if a company doesn’t earn money, it won’t stay open. Companies tend to look for trustworthy employees that will not only earn the company more money through the use of their other skills, but they look for people that are reliable and will make the right choice when needed. Not long ago, CNN report how each year about one third of businesses go bankrupt due to employee theft. Being able to make the right choice, whether in an easy circumstance or a difficult one, is a great soft skill to build. This is called being ethical.
In this course, you will learn about what it means to be ethical, a model for making ethical decisions, as well as how your personal values are important for helping you make the best ethical choices possible.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Define values and identify your own values.
• Define ethics and explain how values are connected to making ethical decisions.
• Define your personal code of ethics and apply this to a scenario you may encounter in real life.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Emily Blanchard is a Michigan native, and has been an educator since 1993. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in math, science, and art. Blanchard spent 15 years teaching middle school mathematics in Clark County, Nevada. She served as a member of school improvement teams, was a cross-curricular learning strategist, participated as the only elected teacher on the Nevada State Support Team for her school, mentored dozens of new teachers, and was recognized as East Region Teacher of the Year. Blanchard completed a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She left the desert, moved to the mountains of Colorado, and started working for Denver Public Schools in 2008. As a member of Goodwill’s Youth Career Development Team, Blanchard has taught and developed curricula for classes that teach students job and life skills, counseled students with personal struggles, and coached high school upper-class students in identifying and pursuing their post-secondary dreams. Blanchard’s lifelong goals are to help others achieve all they can and to always be learning something new herself.
Veronica O. White
Veronica O. White is the Work Skills Instructor for Goodwill Industries of Career Connection Center at Stapleton. She is responsible for providing job readiness/preparation courses and job coaching at the Center and is a Certified Résumé writer responsible for matching at-risk adults with employment or volunteer placements. Veronica is a leader who is able to work with a diverse community, passionately and effectively. She has her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia College. Veronica has volunteered in the City of Aurora as a member and chair with the Aurora Human Relations Commission, and Vice President of the Western Region with the National Association of Human Right Workers. For her dedication and time, Veronica has been recognized with various awards including the Torch Bearer Award from the Human Relations Commission at the City of Aurora, Outstanding Staff Award from the University of Denver and recognition for Outstanding Service from former Mayor Stephen Hogan as well as a plethora of thank you cards for participants. Veronica is driven by giving back to her community, advocating and uplifting others and dotting on her four grandchildren who are known as her “four heartbeats.”