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The Crossing Partners with United Way

By February 22, 2013No Comments

United Way Partners with the Crossing Educational Center


Crossing Educational Center Receives $25,000 Grant from United Way of Elkhart County

The Crossing Educational Center’s Xtreme program received a $25,000 grant from the United Way of Elkhart County to service Elkhart County’s most struggling youth. Crossing Xtreme is a vocational job training program that develops the internal traits and dispositions of struggling youth to prepare them to be contributing members of the Elkhart County workforce after graduation. While working toward their high school diploma, Xtreme students will receive vocational training in a highly structured job training program. Xtreme students learn construction through a partnership with Habitat-for-Humanity and arborist work through the Crossing not-for-profit tree removal business. “The Elkhart County United Way grant will allow us to continue to develop our job training programs so that we can develop workers for Elkhart County employers. It is our goal to turn our Xtreme program into a self-funded program through our tree removal service and other student run businesses,” said Matt Hogarth, Crossing Careers Director/Principal. “The Xtreme project was one of the most creative ways of engaging young men that United Way has seen in some time. It’s a very fundamental concept – some young men want to learn by doing. Work has always been a great teacher. United Way has high hopes for this project,” said Darren Bickel of United Way of Elkhart County. The Crossing is an accredited, faith-based, alternative high school in the state of Indiana, focusing on students who have not been successful in a traditional school environment. The Crossing has 14 campuses throughout the state of Indiana and currently contracts with 29 Indiana public school corporations. Contact: Rob Staley CEO, Crossing Educational Center 574-226-0671 Click to visit United Way of Elkhart County: Facebook Click to visit Crossing Educational Center:]]>