Chrysler makes donation to the Crossing

The Chrysler Foundation recently made a donation to the Crossing. (From left to right) The Crossing student Ty Flager; student Jacob Seay; Amy Roe, Kokomo campus administrator; student Mattison Buis; student Hayley Seay; Mark McLean, Chrysler HR manager; Shannon Querry, community development coordinator for the Crossing; Brad Clark, Chrysler's vice president of powertrains; Lori Hoback, business planning specialist at Chrysler; and Jerry Gilliland, Chrysler HR manager, gather for the check presentation.  

The Crossing is another step closer to offering its students job training thanks to a $12,500 donation from the Chrysler Foundation.

Representatives from Chrysler stopped by the faith-based alternative high school in Kokomo to deliver the check Wednesday. The money will help the Crossing get its new Job Training Program off the ground.

“It’s a good first step to allow us to build a foundation for our job training,” said Shannon Querry, career/community development coordinator for the school. “A lot of our kiddos haven’t been prepared for a job yet.”

In the past couple of years, the Crossing has developed a community garden program where students grow produce and then make salsa and other products to sell at the farmers market and donate to food pantries. The Crossing students also have helped restore old houses with Advantage Housing.

Chrysler’s donation will allow the school to further add to its Job Training Program by hiring a coach to teach students soft skills and other skills that will make them more employable. Students will spend time outside of their regular class hours working with the coach for nine weeks to earn one credit.

Ultimately, Querry would like to set up internship opportunities with local businesses for students in the Job Training Program.

Youth and education is one aspect of the community the Chrysler Foundation focuses on, and after hearing a presentation on the Crossing earlier this year, employees wanted to support what the school is doing. Chrysler also previously worked with the Crossing on a coat drive and backpack collection for those in need. 

Education reporter Lauren Slagter can be reached at 765-454-8587, by email at lauren.slagter@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @LaurenSlagter.

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