Ken Pierce graduated from Indiana State University in 1970 with a Bachelor's Degree in business management, and began working at Menninger Printing Company in Florida. He returned to ISU and completed course for for his teaching license.
He taught industrial education at Greensburg High School for two years before moving to Southeastern Indiana Career Center. He earned at Master's Degree from ISU and became the Vocational Administrator for Parke-Vermillion County Inter-Local.
He later became Director of Vocational Education for the Vigo County School Corporation until his retirement in 2007.
Ken and his wife Susie have two daughters who are teachers and a son who is a civil engineer. They have three granddaughters.