Hardin Career Task Force

Formed as a partnership between businesses, employers, workforce development professionals and educators in Hardin County, the Career Task Force collaborates to create awareness of in-demand occupations in our area, and to create an understanding of in-demand knowledge and skills.

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3E's in Hardin County: What's Your E?

What is the 3E Initiative?

The 3E's stand for Employed, Enlisted and Enrolled.

The goal is to ensure that prior to graduation, every student in Hardin County has committed to either: Employment at a local company, Enlistment in the military, or Enrollment in a 2 or 4-year college.

Each E is to be equally honored, respected, and given equal consideration.

College is not the only option!

Whatever E you choose, our community is excited for you and your bright future!


Check out going to work right out of school if...
  • You're ready to start your career
  • You'd like to start earning money
  • You want an employer to help pay for school
  • You want to avoid college debt while figuring out next steps


Check out the continuing your education if...
  • The career you want requires it
  • You want to expand your world-view and meet new people
  • You want to generate more opportunities
  • You would like a challenging and unique experience


Check out the military right out of school if...
  • You would like to see more of the world
  • You would like to get your college paid for
  • You want to serve your country
  • You want to develop discipline and job skills

Speakers Series

The Hardin Career Task Force is working with area school districts to educate about and promote In-Demand Jobs to students.  For the 2022-2023 school year, we are highlighting careers in Manufacturing, Agriculture and Healthcare. 

Part of this initiative is a Speakers Series.  Each Speakers Series event will be hosted at a different school in Hardin County.  Panelists will address junior high students in-person during a session that will last approximately one-hour.  Each session will also be broadcast virtually to other schools and will be recorded for future use within the schools.
Manufacturing, December 15, 2022 | Upper Scioto Valley Schools | 1:30 PM
Agriculture, February 16, 2023 | Ada Exempted Village Schools | 1:30 PM
Healthcare, May 4, 2023 | Kenton City Schools | 1:30 PM
Panels will feature people from a variety of stages in their career or roles within the industry to provide a broad view of careers available. Each panel will consist of up to five speakers. Dr. Rick Smith, Superintendent of Ohio Hi-Point Career Center will serve as moderator for each event, and will be asking questions for the panelists to answer. The format is casual and geared toward junior high through high school students to expose them to career paths of which they may not have been aware.

Employer Video Project

We are putting together a video series that spotlights employers in Hardin County, and would like to include your organization!


Any employer in Hardin County is invited to participate. We are focusing on major employers, especially those that offer in-demand jobs (listed at topjobs.ohio.gov).


We will produce videos that feature two employees of your organization discussing their jobs at your organization. Target length of each video is no more than three minutes. These videos will be shared with you, the public, and with local schools.


We are ready to begin video production now, and our goal is to have the series complete by In-Demand Jobs Week, May 2-6, 2022.  After that, this will be an ongoing project, and we plan to continue to create videos.


To be included in the project, employers must have a location in Hardin County.

Videos will be published on YouTube, sent to Hardin County schools, a copy will be provided to the employer, and they can be used by the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance and OhioMeansJobs Hardin County as informational tools.


There are many employers and positions available in Hardin County that students and job seekers may not know about. The purpose of these videos is to increase awareness and interest in employment opportunities, with the goal of keeping recent graduates and adults working here, in Hardin County.


Send your materials to the Alliance staff, and we will produce the video!


If you would like to participate, but are not able to conduct the interviews, create the audio recording, or take the pictures, let us know. A member of the Alliance staff can come to your facility and assist you!

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Workforce Resources


TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a technology-infused economy.

Many of these trainings can be completed online!

These technology-focused credentials take a year or less to complete and prepare current and future employees for the technology jobs Ohio employers need.


Rhodes State’s Workforce Development and Innovation Division (WDI) can assist any company in the creation and support of both the Department of Labor (DOL) Registered and non-DOL Registered and Industry Recognized apprenticeship programs. An apprentice's Related Instruction (RI) are delivered via credit coursework that can stack into college certificates and degrees.   Rhodes State College is recognized by the Department of Labor and the State of Ohio Office of Apprenticeship as a Registered Sponsor. WDI simplifies the start-up and ongoing maintenance of Apprenticeship programs.

On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job Training is a federally-funded program that helps employers hire and train individuals for long-term employment.
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Speakers Bureau

The Hardin County Career Task Force is always in search of individuals who are willing to speak to students about their organization, profession or career; or to talk with schools about career readiness and workforce topics.

Thank you to our President's Club sponsors!