Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

January 27, 2013

We can build something with vocational focus

This past Tuesday Gov. Mike Pence gave his first State of the State address. He used a portion of that speech to touch on vocational education and matching qualified and trained recent graduates with Indiana employers in need of skilled labor. He pointed to Bill Beach, a southern Indiana businessman who has owned and operated Beach Mold and Tool in New Albany since 1972.

Beach never went to college, Pence said. Instead he went to vocational school and learned the trade of injection molding and precision tool making. Today Beach’s company runs three shifts and employs 600 people in a 410,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Furthermore, Beach told Goshen News Statehouse reporter Maureen Hayden that he has trouble finding enough qualified employees for work that pays up to $30 an hour.

“We’re ready to hire people every day,” Beach said. “But our biggest challenge is finding people with the skills and with the work ethic to do the job.”

Not every kid who graduates high school is geared to go to a traditional four-year college or university. Many of those same students are incredibly smart and motivated. Even if college isn’t in their plans, they should have the opportunities to resources to discover a trade that might be suited for them. Just because somebody doesn’t go to college doesn’t mean they don’t need to make a living.

Pence’s commitment to strengthening vocational education in high schools and beyond is encouraging. The Governor wants to create a regional Indiana Works Council consisting of both employers and educators to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of vocational education in that region. He also wants those councils to draft alternative curriculum for vocational programs that could lead to necessary trade certification or licensing.

Locally, we have been fortunate to have a strong vocational education focus that prepares students for trades they may be interested in. Look no further than the Elkhart Area Career Center that has been expanding career opportunities for high school students for four decades. Last year 429 EACC students earned more than 3,700 dual credits for Ivy Tech Community College. Areas of study include automotive service technology, welding, construction trades, culinary arts, machine tool technology and computer aided drafting just to name a few.

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  • OBT GN0822 Butcher obit photo David G. Butcher BRISTOL — David G. Butcher, 62, died 11:43 p.m. Monday at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. He was born Oct. 12, 1951 in Wayne County, Ill., to Ivan and Erma (Bailey) Butcher.He married Mary (Detwiler) Butcher April 6, 1979 in Elkhart.Surviving are hi

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  • OBT GN0822 Shea obit photo Lawrence 'Larry' G. Shea ELKHART — Lawrence “Larry” G. Shea, 69, passed quietly in his sleep at his home, surrounded by his family, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Larry was born Aug. 18, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pa., to Lawrence George and Catherine Cassidy (Kane) Shea. In

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  • OBT GN0822 Lehman obit photo Mary Veronica Shank Lehman GOSHEN — Mary Veronica Shank Lehman, 93, died Thursday morning at Greencroft Goshen Health Care. She was born Jan. 4, 1921 in Orrville, Ohio, to Charles and Crissie (Yoder) Shank. On June 8, 1946, she married Ernest W. Lehman in Goshen. He died March

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  • OBT GN0822 Hartman obit photo Lula Belle Hartman GOSHEN — Lula Belle Hartman, 76, died at her home Wednesday morning. She was born in Goshen Aug. 18, 1938, to Allen and Marie (Stump) Lower. On June 9, 1956, she married Wayne Hartman Sr. in Goshen. He survives along with a daughter, Jeralyn (Robert)

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  • Daisy Mae Hollar ETNA GREEN — Daisy Mae Hollar, 90, formerly of Etna Green, died at 7:10 a.m. Thursday at Pilgrim Manor in Plymouth. She married LaVern Hollar Oct. 16, 1942, in Marshall County. He preceded her in death Jan. 18, 2011. She is survived by her sons, Gary

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  • OBT GN0821 Packer obit photo Kathy S. Packer ELKHART — Kathy S. Packer, 57, passed away early Monday morning at Elkhart General Hospital. Kathy was born April 29, 1957 in Goshen, to Robert K. Packer and Marian R. (Huitema) Hannah. She is survived by a brother, Steven R. (Denise) Packer of Colum

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  • OBT GN0821 Schrock, David obit photo David A. Schrock MIDDLEBURY — David A. Schrock, 93, died surrounded by his family at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday at The Maples at Waterford Crossing, after a brief stay. He had been in declining health. He was born Dec. 27, 1920 in Shipshewana, to Andrew and Anna (Yoder) Schr

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  • OBT GN0821 Hooley obit photo. Marion M. Hooley GOSHEN — Marion M. Hooley, 87, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at IU Health Goshen Hospital. He was born May 25, 1927 in Middlebury, to Menno and Dora (Mast) Hooley. On Aug. 16, 1957 in Conneaut Lake, Pa., he married Marjorie K. Birky, who survives. Also s

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  • OBT GN0821 Odell obit photo William A. Odell EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — William A. Odell, 95, passed away Monday at his home. He was born March 17, 1919 in Elkhart County, Ind., to Mason and Dora (Kahler) Odell. On April 25, 1942, he married Helen M. DeWitt in Elkhart, Ind. She died in Elkhart Aug. 1

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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