Ohio County Workforce

Ohio County, Kentucky is home to some of the hardest working people in the country. With a history of coal mining and agriculture, our workforce has grown up knowing the meaning of hard work and is willing to put in the hours necessary to get the job done. Companies who move to Western Kentucky are pleasantly surprised by how much they can depend on our workforce to deliver - every time. 

Strong Workforce

The population in Ohio County is on a steady incline and the median workforce age is 40.7. Companies in Ohio County have access to a large workforce pool made up of six cities (Hartford, Beaver Dam, Centertown, Fordsville, Rockport and McHenry, and the unincorporated town of Rosine), which also extends beyond the county into other parts of Kentucky. In addition, there are many locals who are working outside of the state and wish to return home, creating an even larger talent pool. 

Access to Higher Education 

Seven colleges and universities are within close proximity to the county’s border, and a highly educated and highly motivated existing and future workforce is found right within Ohio County.  Workforce education programs help high school graduates and adult learners to increase their skills and prepare to enter the workforce. Within the county, the following institutions are training the next generation workforce. 

Ohio County Area Technology Center

1406 South Main St.
Hartford, KY 42347
(270) 274-9612


The Ohio County Area Technology Center is dedicated to preparing the next generation of employees for Ohio County and the region. All programs offered at Ohio County ATC fall within the “High Demand” category as determined by the Department of Labor.  Areas of study include Automotive Technology, Business, Carpentry, Electrical Construction, Information Technology, Health Sciences, Machine Tool, and Welding. Through these programs there are 55 plus hours of dual credit opportunities for students in partnership with OCTC. 

Students can receive industry certification in Healthcare Skills, Carpentry, Electrical, Welding, and Automotive.

Ohio County Adult Education 

1st Floor Community Center
130 East Washington Street
Suite 106
Hartford, KY 42347
(270) 504-0241


As a grant funded program whose sole purpose is to enhance skills and raise education levels within our county’s population, services include GED prep, College Prep, and Workplace Education.

Kentucky Wesleyan College

3000 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301


Kentucky Wesleyan College offers 29 majors and 13 pre-professional curriculums. The mission of Kentucky Wesleyan College, in partnership with the United Methodist Church, nurtures a liberal arts education that guides and prepares students intellectually, spiritually and physically to achieve success in life.

Owensboro Community College

4800 New Hartford Road 
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 686-4400


Owensboro Community College offers exceptional teaching and learning environments to prepare students to live and work in the ever changing world.