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Businesses provide on-the-job education for GHS students
by By JOHN KLINE THE GOSHEN NEWS


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GOSHEN — A new Student of the Month program has been initiated at Goshen High
School to celebrate the top students each month in the school’s Cooperative
Education program.

Headed by Cooperative Education Coordinator Brian
Bechtel, the program is divided between two distinct classes: Interdisciplinary
Cooperative Education  and Professional Career Internship.

“Right now we
have 19 I.C.E. students and 13 internship students,” Bechtel
said.

According to Bechtel, it was his wish to create the Student of the
Month program to honor both the top student per month in each class, as well as
the many local businesses and organizations that have agreed to partner with the
school through the Cooperative Education program.

“I work with a lot of
our local businesses,” Bechtel said, “as they employ students through our I.C.E.
program, or provide internships in their businesses.”

The I.C.E. program
is billed as a method of instruction for seniors that combines in-class
instruction with on-the-job training experiences through employment, all with
the goal of helping students prepare for and explore their occupational career
objectives before graduation.

Through the I.C.E. program, students divide
their time between classes and a paid position at a participating local business
where they are required to work an average of 15 hours per week over the course
of a full school year. Students can utilize morning, evening and weekend hours
when accumulating their required hours per week.

With the Professional
Career Internship program, juniors and seniors at the high school are given the
opportunity to explore the career of their choice through a hands-on job
shadowing experience while practicing specific occupational skills learned in
their related Cooperative Education courses.

According to Bechtel, the
internship program takes place over one full semester and requires students to
complete five hours of on-the-job training — paid or unpaid — each week for a
total of 70 hours per semester. Job training takes place each Wednesday and
Friday from 8 to 11 a.m.

Local companies currently aligned with the
Goshen High School Cooperative Education program are: Benteler Automotive;
Fabric Services; Greencroft; Interra Credit Union; IU Health Goshen Hospital;
Monteith Tire; Quality Driveaway; Vince and Pat Turner; Ancon Construction,
Goshen Chamber of Commerce; Eby Ford Sales; First State Bank; Horace Mann
Companies; Indiana Community Bank; Leatherman and Miller, Attorneys at Law;
Cutting Edge Machine Shop; Packship USA Inc.; Robert Barker, DDS; and Teachers
Credit Union.

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