The joint program between Batesville High School, Ivy Tech and local manufacturers was highlighted in a U.S. News & World Report article.BATESVILLE – The local initiative aimed at training the next generation of manufacturing associates is getting major exposure.The program was recently the focus of an article in U.S. News & World Report.Author Katherine Peralta highlighted the program between Batesville High School, Ivy Tech Community College and area manufacturers. The publication notes how the program contributes to relieving the skills gap facing the manufacturing sector.A recent Manufacturing Institute survey revealed more than 75 percent of companies reported a moderate to severe shortage of skilled laborers. The average age of manufacturing workers is approximately 44 while the average age range of skilled machinists and welders is closer to 50, according to the report.The launch of Batesville’s program can lead to a solution as many manufacturers planning to increase domestic production within the next five years will soon face retirement of many skilled workers.In the article, Batesville Superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts said between 70 and 80 percent of the school’s graduating seniors plan to attend college. Rather than just focus on high college attendance numbers, administrators are taking a realistic approach to the job market.Many students participating in the local program could be a semester short of an associate degree upon completion. Student Brett Fledderman, 17, is taking part in the program and was featured in the U.S. News & World Report.Brett’s uncle, Batesville Tool & Die’s president and CEO Jody Fledderman, said the goal of the program is prepare students with industry skills while creating skilled workers with some experience for employment.The U.S. News & World Report article is available here.
Wellington Police notes: Monday, July 25, 2016â€¢1 a.m. Jason D. Finney, 25, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for child restraint violation.â€¢On July 24, 2016 at 2:55 a.m. Jerry L Goans, 43, Wellington was arrested and bonded on a City of Wellington warrant for domestic battery and criminal damage to property.â€¢4:19 a.m. Officers conducted a courtesy motor vehicle accident report in the 600 block S. H, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Michael T. Allton, 48, Wellington and a fixed object/garage door owned by Michael T. Allton, Wellington.â€¢5:36 a.m. Officers investigated a domestic battery and criminal damage to property in the 800 block N. C, Wellington by known suspect.â€¢Priscilla Campbell, 35, Wichita, was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery and criminal damage to property.â€¢9:36 a.m. Officers took a report of a found bicycle in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.â€¢10:12 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to vehicle in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢11:48 a.m. Officers investigated violation of a protection order and criminal damage to property by known suspect in the 2000 block N. H, Wellington.â€¢1:32 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute in the 100 block W. Botkin, Wellington by known subjects.â€¢1:47 p.m. Officers investigated criminal deprivation of property in the 200 block N. C, Wellington by known suspect.â€¢2:52 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of vehicle in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.â€¢3:01 p.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢3:52 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢4:50 p.m. Officers took a report of found eye glasses in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.â€¢5:49 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1100 block N. Washington, Wellington.â€¢Demont Edwards, 47, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft and illegal tag.