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 GN0723 Williams obit photo David Jay Williams SYRACUSE — David Jay Williams, respectfully known as “Uncle Fred”, 69, passed away Thursday at his residence on Lake Wawasee. He was born on March 5, 1945 in Goshen, to Richard Darby and Louise (Ecklebarger) Williams. He is survived by his daughter,

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  • OBT GN0723 Espinoza obit photo Jason James Espinoza ELKHART — Jason James Espinoza, 42, passed away Sunday morning, from injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident. Jason was born Jan. 17, 1972 in Goshen, to Rudy I. Espinoza and Janet (Pletcher) O’Brien. Jason leaves to cherish his memory a son

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • OBT GN0723 Hardesty obit photo Charles H. Hardesty GOSHEN — Charles H. Hardesty, 79, died at his home Tuesday morning. He had been ill the past year. He was born in Goshen Dec. 1, 1934, to Jesse L. and Helen (Cripe) Hardesty. On Dec. 25, 1952 he married Shirley Stauffer in Goshen. She survives along

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Orlan E. Eash ELKHART — Orlan E. Eash, 72, passed away July 12, at Elkhart General Hospital. He was born Nov. 21, 1941, in Goshen to Joe and Fannie (Kauffman) Eash. He is survived by his wife, Sara; two children, Michael “Mike” (Lisa) Eash of Appleton, Wis. and El

    July 22, 2014

  • OBT GN0723 Knepper obit photo Elvina M. Knepper MILFORD — Elvina M. Knepper, 101, passed away Tuesday at Lakeland Rehabilitation and Healthcare. She was born Dec. 6, 1912 in Cando, N.D., to Basil and Emma (Hanson) Drake. Elvina married Wilbur Knepper Oct. 29, 1930. He preceded her in death July 24

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  • Phyllis A. (Mills) Gordon ELKHART — Phyllis A. (Mills) Gordon, 77, died Friday at Elkhart General Hospital. She married Charles M. Gordon Nov. 23, 1990, in Elkhart. He survives with her three children, Douglas (Susan) Mills and R. Scott Mills, both of Elkhart, and Cynthia (Er

    July 22, 2014

  • Frances L. Medlock GOSHEN — Frances L. Medlock, 82, passed away from leukemia at 11:50 a.m. Sunday at the Courtyard in Goshen. She is survived by a daughter, Lawana (William) Medlock-Brackensto, Columbus. A memorial service will take place Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Kingd

    July 22, 2014

  • Arrangements pending for July 23, 2014 These arrangements and services appeared in the July 23, 2014 edition of The Goshen News.

    July 22, 2014

  • Phyllis L. Whitney GOSHEN — Phyllis L. Whitney, 88, died July 13. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Evangelical Congregational Church, 1552 U.S. 52, Dixon, Ill. Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, is assisting with arrangements.

    July 22, 2014

  • OBT GN0723 Gianinno obit photo Evelyn C. Gianinno ELKHART — Evelyn C. Gianinno, 91, passed away Saturday afternoon at East Lake Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Evelyn was born April 14, 1923, in Gary, to John and Cecilia (Piertzak) Nowak. As the former Evelyn C. Nowak, she married Victor J. Gianinn

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