Citizen Resources


Owen County citizens experience the best and highest ranking education and learning resources the state of Indiana has to offer. Through years of hard work and legislation, many school system improvements have been made, to the benefit of every student in the area.

Owen Valley High School has received an A accountability grade from the Indiana Department of Education for two years running. The graduation rate in 2015 was 93.1% among both economically advantaged and disadvantaged students, and the attendance rate exceeded 93%. Owen Valley High School has significantly more teachers with over 20 years of experience than its counterparts in Bloomington, and significantly less teachers with less than 2 years of experience as compared to Bloomington high schools. Studies have found that for teachers, experience really does matter. The National Assessment of Educational Progress ranks the 4th grade percent or proficiency in math at 50%, significantly better than than the national average of 40%. It ranks reading levels at 40%, which is significantly better than the national average of 36%.

Learning resources include the Owen County Public Library, where you will find a wealth of information and programs for every age, as well as the Head Start program. Head Start offers your child an excellent beginning with its focus on interests, learning styles, and developmental needs. Our residents have the option of touring state parks, local farms through the Purdue Extension, and higher education close by, including Indiana University, Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College, and St. Mary of the Woods College.

Experiencing rural life while beginning and continuing education and acquiring knowledge throughout one’s life is a major component of living in Owen County. Our communities take pride in remaining competitive and relevant with regard to learning at every stage of life.

Spencer-Owen Community Schools is made up of:

S-OCS serves 10 of 13 townships in Owen County. It is a top-notch school system the effectively combines modern educational models with the solid character of a rural community.

Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Chad Briggs

Owen Valley High School

Mascot: The Patriots
Principal: Rhonda Schafer
Assistant Principal: George Jennings

The sole high school located in Owen County, OVHS is located in Spencer, Indiana. The school offers a wide range of academic courses, including numerous dual-credit and AP classes. Students can test their career choices as a by-product of their senior project or by participating in the Senior Internship and Interdisciplinary Cooperative Education (I.C.E.) programs. The area career center,Hoosier Hill Career Center (, provides options in agribusiness, auto service, biomedical science, construction science, health, culinary arts, IT training, and pre-engineering.


Area Universities


Butler University – a nationally ranked, private university located in Indianapolis, Butler University has an enrollment of about 4,400 students. It offers over 60 areas of study in five academic colleges: Business, Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Students gain professional preparation with a liberal arts foundation.

DePauw University – nationally recognized, DePauw provides a set of exceptional college experiences marked by intellectual rigor and shaped by a dynamic faculty. These experiences are further enhanced by an engaging residential campus community and a breadth and depth of perspectives inside and outside of the classroom. For nearly 175 years, a DePauw education has provided students with a solid foundation for a lifetime of living and learning and helped graduates achieve uncommon success in a wide variety of fields around the nation and the world.

Franklin College – a residential four-year undergraduate liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus located 20 minutes south of downtown Indianapolis. The college prepares men and women for significant careers through the liberal arts, offering its 1,047 students 36 majors, including biology, business, education and journalism. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA.

Harrison College – with 5 campuses (Columbus, Indianapolis, Indianapolis East, Indianapolis Northwest & Terre Haute) within driving distance from Spencer/Owen County, Harrison College offers a variety of workforce development options. Committed to providing quality career-focused education in the areas of business, culinary, criminal justice, health sciences, information technology and veterinary technology, students can pursue certifications, associates or bachelor degrees.

Indiana State University – The Princeton Review has named Indiana State University as among the Best in the Midwest for the sixth year in a row. Was selected as one of 158 institutions it recommends as among the “Best in the Midwest.” Indiana State offers “a good education at a reasonable cost” and that students can expect a “really special” experience. From the small class size to the quality professors, students wrote that ISU helps them “to grow personally, intellectually and socially.”

Indiana University – attracts students from around the globe. Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of Indiana University’s eight campuses statewide. Innovation, creativity, and academic freedom are hallmarks of IU Bloomington and its world-class contributions in research and the arts. For traditions like the world-famous Little 500 bicycle race and a commitment to emerging technologies, IU was named the “Hottest Big State School” in 2005 by Newsweek, America s Hot Colleges. While IU’s amazing arts and entertainment offerings play a large role in the city’s cultural atmosphere, Bloomington is extraordinary in its own right. Bloomington residents and IU students, faculty, and staff form a vibrant, active community that benefits from the metropolitan qualities of a large city and the easy pace of a small town.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis – one of the top 15 “up and coming” American universities that U.S. News and World Report says people should be watching, and the 8th best public college in the Midwest according to Forbes; home of nationally-ranked programs in nursing, public and environmental affairs, law, and health; and a campus renowned for service learning and civic engagement. IUPUI is Indiana’s premier urban university, with 20 schools and academic units which grant degrees in more than 200 programs from both Indiana University and Purdue University. Its location within blocks of downtown Indianapolis facilitates advancement of research and teaching, and presents unique opportunities for internships, partnerships, community engagement, and more. IUPUI enrolls more than 30,000 students representing all 50 states and 122 countries.

Ivy Tech Community College – with four different campuses (Bloomington, Central Indiana, Columbus, Wabash Valley) within driving distance of Spencer/Owen County, Ivy Tech has become one of the most aggressive in workforce development in the State of Indiana. Each campus offers two-year degrees and certifications in a variety of fields. Visit their website for more details about the respective programs at each location.

Kaplan College – offers two campuses in Indianapolis and focuses upon education in the fields of allied health, criminal justice and trade (i.e. electrical technician diploma). Offering a variety of certifications up to an associate’s degree in many fields, it is a career school with a commuter campus – working to prepare the next generation of Indiana’s workforce.

Marian University – a Catholic and Franciscan University with a variety of programs in business, education, liberal arts, mathematics & sciences as well as nursing, Marian University boasts an enrollment of approximately 2,000 each year. Located in Indianapolis, it is regionally accredited 4-year university offering associates, bachelors and masters degrees.

Martin University – Martin University’s original mission was (and still is) to serve low-income, minority, and adult learners has not changed, although students from all backgrounds have always been welcome. While the average age of the students remains around 40 years of age, they are enrolling a growing number of young people. The campus moved to Avondale Place in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood (in Indianapolis) in 1987. While the average student is an adult, often with children and even grandchildren, they are currently enrolling a growing number of students between the ages of 18 to 22.

Rose Hulman Institute Techology – is a small, private, college specializing in engineering, mathematics and science. RHIT is highly regarded for its undergraduate engineering program, which US News and World Reports ranked in 2010 as the best in the United States of schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree. Its 295-acre campus is located in Terre Haute.

Saint Mary of the Woods College – “Founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) is the oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women in the United States. Today, SMWC thrives by offering a rich liberal arts education, scholarships and financial aid opportunities to make college affordable, individual attention, a value-centered education in a Catholic tradition, and a wide variety of student leadership activities. The College also takes pride in its long history of traditions and commitment to academic excellence. In fact, both Princeton Review and U.S.News & World Report consistently rank SMWC as one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest.”

University of Indianapolis – “The University of Indianapolis is a comprehensive institution of higher education with a faculty and student body representing diverse faiths, nationalities, and racial and ethnic heritages. The 4,600 students are drawn from around the world to the academically challenging undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, and especially the strong programs in business, education and the nationally ranked health sciences.”

Affordable Colleges Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families, recently published research on all the Not-For-Profit universities and colleges in Indiana that offer online college programs.  Historically, online programs have only been offered by for-profit institutions.  Today, many of the most established not-for-profit state colleges and national universities have launched programs that provide flexibility and lower tuition prices for students.  This dataset is unique to our site and is even ahead of the curve compared to other government education data sources such as NCES and IPEDS.  A few of the key features on the page:

– Unique list of accredited not-for-profit institutions offering online programs, sorted by affordability

– Spotlight interviews provided by many college deans with the institution’s philosophy on online learning

– Direct links to the specific online departments, or e-campus, of each institution


GED Preparation

Owen County Learning Network

151 E. Hillside Ave.

Spencer, IN 47460 812-829-5869


Owen County Public Library

10 S. Montgomery St. Spencer, IN




WorkOne – Owen County Express

WorkOne offers a variety of programs and services in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. The Owen County Express office in Spencer is located at 205 E. Morgan St., Suite B.

To reach them during their regular hours of operation call (812) 829-6511. You may also visit for more information.

·         Your Monroe County Staffing Experts

Since 2008, our Express Employment Professionals office in Bloomington, Indiana, has provided employment services to Monroe County residents. During the past 8 years, our team of Certified Staffing Consultants have been bridging the gap between Employers and Job Seekers to help these two groups find ideal workforce matches and further grow the local businesses within our community. Whether you are an Employer looking for a qualified workforce or a Job Seeker looking for the career that’s right for you, Express Bloomington is here to help. As Bloomington’s only locally owned staffing agency, we want to provide you with the best services possible so that you and our community can continue to succeed!

·         Bloomington’s ONLY Locally Owned Staffing Agency.

There isn’t another agency more excited than we are to provide Monroe County with staffing services! Our community is everything to us and as Bloomington’s sole locally owned staffing agency, it is very important that we bring you Express’s world renowned employment services so that we can continue to move upward and succeed. When Job Seekers walk into our Express office looking for help finding job opportunities, we offer to connect them with our network of reputable Bloomington businesses and provide them with training and other career services that will help boost their profiles and make them stand out in their resumes and during their interviews. For our Bloomington Employers, we cater to your needs and have the means to recruit for a variety of job types in Commercial, Administrative, and Professional industries and can accommodate hiring for any part-time, full-time, and temporary positions you have available.

Resource MFG

We are located on the west side of Bloomington.  We share a building with Bloom and are located next door to Coca Cola.  Our office has been serving the Bloomington, Spencer, and Martinsville areas since 1993 placing job seekers in manufacturing positions as well as a wide variety of other positions such as assembly, clerical, maintenance, and housekeeping.  Some of our clients include Boston Scientific

1801 S. Liberty Dr. #300

Bloomington, IN 47403