Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


August 17, 2013

Greensburg High School partners with GECOM for vocational program


Coy Chaney, who is working in the facility maintenance area said, “I’m enjoying it so far. I’m getting lots of hours and the pay is great.”

When asked how he liked the internship, Zackary Couch, of the tool and test lab, said, “It’s great. I’m learning a lot.”

Ethan Sebastian is working in the area of continuous improvement. “It’s great. I like that we’re improving efficiency on the lines,” he said.

When asked about the program, Alex Simmermeyer, who is working in the tool and die section, said, “I like it a lot and I learn new stuff all the time.”

Jake Hellmich is in the maintenance department and said he wants to go into engineering after high school. “I like it a lot. I’m learning a bunch of new and important things that will help me in the future.”

Eric Kroger, of the maintenance department, said, “My favorite part is turning wrenches.”

Each student was matched with a mentor for their internship. The mentors are Tom Hinton, Jerry Auger, Dick Schmidt, Jerry Creech, James Ogden and Chris Ison. Also involved in the program are GECOM Human Resources Manager Amy Bray, Vice President of Administration and Engineering Jeff Wright, Vice President of Operations Allen Downs and GECOM president Tsuguo Hoshikawa.

On the GHS side, Tammy Williams, Director of Curriculum Instruction, Superintendent Tom Hunter, GHS Principal Phil Chapple, Guidance Director Sue Affenberg and ICE Coordinator Susan Burbrink were integral in the formation of the internship program.

“Being here for 26 years, we truly appreciate the community and support from local people. GECOM is happy to give back and help the next generation. In this way, we can grow together,” said Hoshikawa.

The internship collaboration between GECOM and GHS seems to be off to a great start, with students enjoying the work and gaining real work experience. With luck, the program, and the relationship between GECOM and GHS will continue for a long time to come.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004

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