Hancock County, Indiana has long been recognized as being part one of Indiana’s most productive regions. For more than a century, our workers — surrounded by farming, life sciences, and manufacturing — have a earned a reputation for being efficient and self-motivated, taking pride in a job well done, and growing their skills. And, within an hour’s drive of our communities, you’ll find a workforce of more than 1.3 million people. (Commuting Patterns–workers & commuters)
State and local education providers constantly sharpen those skills and prepare Hancock County residents for the needs of today’s (and tomorrow’s) companies through a broad range of innovative, work-focused programs. Hancock County is home to four of Indiana’s consistently top-rated K-12 school districts, including Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, and Southern Hancock. All have schools with the Indiana Department of Education’s Four Star Designation, which signifies a pursuit of academic excellence among both the students and the administration of a school. Several schools in the county are STEM or STEAM certified, and students at all levels have access to the latest technology. county’s high schools offer a variety of accelerated programs that allow students to earn college credits, such as Project Lead the Way’s pre-engineering programs, biomedical science classes, and advanced computer animation.
Hancock County is within 45 minutes of several highly regarded postsecondary institutions, including of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Butler University, Anderson University, Ball State University, and the University of Indianapolis, and within a half-day of Purdue University, Indiana University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and others. Residents have easy access to four campuses of Ivy Tech Community College, which offers employer-focused programs in subjects such as Advanced Manufacturing, Chemical Technology, Nanotechnology, Robotics, and Supply Chain Management. In addition, the state’s WorkOne agency provides a range of workforce development programs, ensuring your company has access to a steady supply of the people you need.