And don't think for a minute that career and vocational education is
the future for some of our kids.
Let me introduce you to Bill Beach. Bill and his wife Juanita are with us
but we had to work hard to get them here. Turns out his New Albany-based
which specializes in injection molding and precision tool making, is
running three shifts and employs 600 Hoosiers in a 410,000-square-foot
When I visited Beach Mold and Tool last summer, Bill told me how on the
he was a teenager his Dad came to him one day and said, "Bill, your
with the book learning, so he's going to college. You're good with your
you're going to vocational school."
So Bill went to vocational school. They started their company in 1972. As
out over the hugely successful business he's running today, I turned to
said, "Bill, turns out your dad was right. You are good with your hands.
what they built!" Join me in commending Bill and Juanita Beach for being
great example of the American dream.
Career and technical education can provide our students with a pathway to
just as it did for Bill. It can launch entrepreneurs, give kids a reason
high school, and create a well-qualified workforce that will encourage
to build here and grow here.
We have to give our kids, our future, every opportunity for success. That
quality schools, choices about their education and multiple pathways to
The more our kids succeed in the classroom, the more Indiana will
I believe a society can be judged by how it deals with its most
aged, infirm, disabled and innocent human life.