Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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January 23, 2013

Gov. Pence's State of the State address

(Continued)

Greensburg — And don't think for a minute that career and vocational education is

about limiting

the future for some of our kids.

Let me introduce you to Bill Beach. Bill and his wife Juanita are with us

tonight,

but we had to work hard to get them here. Turns out his New Albany-based

business,

which specializes in injection molding and precision tool making, is

booming. He's

running three shifts and employs 600 Hoosiers in a 410,000-square-foot

manufacturing

facility.

When I visited Beach Mold and Tool last summer, Bill told me how on the

farm when

he was a teenager his Dad came to him one day and said, "Bill, your

brother's good

with the book learning, so he's going to college. You're good with your

hands, so

you're going to vocational school."

So Bill went to vocational school. They started their company in 1972. As

we looked

out over the hugely successful business he's running today, I turned to

him and

said, "Bill, turns out your dad was right. You are good with your hands.

Look at

 what they built!" Join me in commending Bill and Juanita Beach for being

such a

 great example of the American dream.

Career and technical education can provide our students with a pathway to

success,

just as it did for Bill. It can launch entrepreneurs, give kids a reason

to finish

high school, and create a well-qualified workforce that will encourage

business

to build here and grow here.

We have to give our kids, our future, every opportunity for success. That

means

quality schools, choices about their education and multiple pathways to

success.

 The more our kids succeed in the classroom, the more Indiana will

succeed.

I believe a society can be judged by how it deals with its most

vulnerable; the

aged, infirm, disabled and innocent human life.

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