Preble County is an ACT Work Ready Community

When you combine the work ethic of a traditional agricultural community with a dedication to education and workforce training, you get Preble County. Preble County Development Partnership (PCDP) is dedicated to enhancing and maintaining a talent pipeline our local industries and employers can depend on. Employers report a readily available quality workforce: drawing upon our local talent and that of three nearby major metropolitan areas provides a population of over 3 million within a 45-minute drive. More than 10,900 educated and skilled residents travel outside the County to work, and Preble County employers attract more than 2,800 employees from neighboring counties.

Preble County is a Certified ACT Work Ready Community meaning we can match skilled workers to your job openings. Learn more about what that means here. Don't hesitate to contact PCDP for help accessing customized workforce development solutions.

Preble County Schools: Our First Step for Workforce Development

Preble County School Districts provide exemplary curriculums and Career and Technology Education. Our schools have achieved both “Excellent” and “Effective” ratings by the State of Ohio. With low student-to-teacher ratios and high graduation rates, students are well-prepared for the future.

Preble County Educational Service Center – Career Connections

Additionally, the director of Preble County Educational Service Center – Career Connections serves as the liaison between the school districts and area businesses to develop, market, and coordinate activities that will expand students’ knowledge of local career opportunities and facilitate the educational attainment needed for the workforce. Programs and events developed bring together the local schools, Edison State Community College, Miami Valley Career Technology Center, county agencies, and local businesses as stakeholders. The director meets with each and every Preble County high school senior to provide guidance for education, training, and entering the workforce.

With support from PCDP, Preble County Educational Service Center – Career Connections offers students Lean Six Sigma Training, a method that uses a collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation.

Credential Awards Issued to Preble County Students

Award NameStudent Recipients
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt83
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt78
Student Leadership Excellence71

Miami Valley Career Technology Center

Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) is positioned to influence economic development in five southwestern Ohio counties (Montgomery, Warren, Preble, Darke, and Miami) by preparing students for the 21st-century workforce. Students receive challenging, career-focused education and a rigorous academic foundation.

MVCTC serves 27 school districts, offering more than 40 career technical programs to area high school juniors and seniors and lifelong learning opportunities for adult students. They focus on developing skill sets in specialized, high-demand fields such as health, sciences, business, engineering, and more.


speech bubble with stars“With our operations, we build and design our own equipment,” said Joanie McDaniel, HR Manager, Bullen. “The workforce we have been able to hire around here comes with the basic skills we need to succeed. So we can bring them in and train them on equipment they have never seen before, and they are able to excel at that. Our people that we work with are some of the smartest people we know, with a lot of them coming from farming backgrounds.”

“It’s a top-caliber workforce. They are very dedicated and have an incredible work ethic,” said a representative of Henny Penny. “Our turnover rate hovers around 2 percent, so we lose very few people. They stay for a very long time.”

“We’ve been blessed as a community to have people with good values who know how to work,” said Rod Creech, President of Lawn Plus. “With an ag community, we are raised to work, and that’s implanted into the kids. As they get older, they don’t start working; they just continue working as part of their career.”