Workforce Partnership

The Workforce Partnership of Shelby County is a non-profit organization founded by private business leaders in the county.



The Goal:

To prepare the emerging workforce through educational curriculum that teaches the skills needed to be an excellent employee and offers experiences exposing them to careers right here in Shelby County. The Partnership works hand-in-hand with the business leaders and county schools.


For more information on the Workforce Partnership, visit or contact Deb McDermott, Director, at or call 937-498-9900.

Career Coach



Kelly Edwards



Kelly Edwards joined Workforce Partnership in August 2020 as Career Coach, which is a collaboration between Workforce Partnership and the Shelby County United Way. In this role, Kelly mentors high school seniors whose post-graduation plans are to directly enter the workforce at graduation with the goal to transition them into full-time employment that offers a living wage and healthcare benefits.


The Career Coach serves public and private high schools in Shelby County and relies on the counselors and principals to identify the student participants. One-on-one quarterly meetings give Kelly the opportunity to identify the student’s goals, aptitudes, and workforce readiness. Career exploration is encouraged through job shadow opportunities at local companies, as well as part-time employment, if possible. Kelly offers support to students throughout the application, interviewing, and hiring process.