The word is out about the Crossing

As we pursue our mission to transform the lives of our youth all across Indiana, it’s no surprise people begin to notice the change.

Many communities around the state are aware of what is going on with our youth and they feel the same as we do at the Crossing – it’s time for someone to step up and give these kids a second chance!

As the Crossing continues to grow, others begin to take interest in our mission and our success in helping students transform their lives and build new futures for themselves. We’re making such a big impact in the Central Indiana area that ABC 6 News based out of Indianapolis wanted the scoop on the Crossing. Check out their coverage by clicking the link below!

Alternative schools aimed at improving graduation rates

Sometimes we need a second chance

For most of us completing high school is something we took for granted, part of the process of growing up.

Maybe we look back on those years fondly. Maybe we remember that time as something we survived. Most of us probably fall somewhere in the middle.

For some kids, getting through high school seems beyond their ability. They struggle with the traditional classroom setting. Or they get caught in a spiral of poor attendance and bad grades. Maybe being bullied has pushed them into a mental corner where learning is impossible. Or maybe they have no support system at home. If you or someone you know is experiencing one of these situations, the Crossing School of Business and Entrepreneurship may be the answer.

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We tell these students, you can do this; you’re smarter than you think you are, you’re safe here, you can succeed even with medical issues, you have a family and it’s us.

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We offer them job training. We teach them skills, give them responsibility and the power to make decisions as part of their experience. We help them discover their natural abilities and provide them with a place to use them. We show them what’s possible.

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We offer small class sizes in a faith based environment. Our online learning allows students to set their own pace and with a 1:8 teacher to student ratio, our staff is able to give one-on-one attention. A portion of every day is devoted to Family Time, where staff and students talk about the issues of everyday life and build a sense of belonging.

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The Crossing’s Job Training Program (JTP) is a vital part of helping our students prepare to join the workforce after graduation. The JTP provides soft skills training as well as a thorough cross-section of work experience. It also provides local businesses the opportunity to partner with the Crossing to identify potential future employees by observing them in a job related setting.

Finding hope at the Crossing

To find out more visit our website at crossingeducation.com or click here to start enrollment.

We’ve opened some new doors

“Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?”

Isaiah 43:19, The Message

Here at the Crossing, we see new things happening daily. When the school year started on July 30th, three campuses opened for the first time in central Indiana, including one in Decatur Township.

The Decatur Crossing partners with Decatur Township and Wayne Township schools to provide their alternative education option for students who are in danger of dropping out or who have difficulty with the traditional classroom setting. Twelve students and three teachers started a journey together towards academic success.

In addition to the classroom learning, the campus is working with Circle Distributing, a local company that serves as a work team site to provide job training and skills.

To learn more about the Decatur Township Crossing, check out this article from a local newspaper.

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When a Seed is Planted

The summer season is reaching its peak and the proof is all around us. Who doesn’t look forward to dazzling flowers in brilliant colors, fresh picked berries for eating by the handful or a platter of steamy sweet corn?

But what makes this all possible? Flowers, fruit and vegetables don’t generally just happen. A seed is planted, soil is cultivated, and attention is given to ensure proper growing conditions. All of this happens with an eye towards the harvest – time and energy are invested because there is an expectation that something good will result.

Students at the Crossing are in various stages of the growing season. Responsibility, leadership and business skills are being cultivated and we believe what will result is hope – hope for better futures, better lives and better people.

The Crossing campus at Kokomo is planting literal and spiritual seeds. Read about their agricultural micro business here: The Crossing students grow micro-business in third year

The Power of Education

Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

At the Crossing, we believe that changing one student’s world opens up possibilities that ripple out into the community.

Statistics show that an educated work force attracts business investment and decreases the dollars spent on social services. While those are nice side effects, the true impact of a high school education is the power it gives to those students who were at risk of never receiving a diploma. Their earning potential rises; their ability to contribute to their community increases and at the Crossing, the relationships that are developed between classmates and teachers last far beyond their time in the classroom.

CEO and founder Rob Staley recently appeared on “Economic Outlook”, a locally produced PBS broadcast, where he discussed the nuts and bolts of the Crossing.

Click the link here to watch: Economic Outlook

Crossing efforts in Plymouth highlighted at local banquet and newspaper

Everybody loves a good story, especially when it is well told. Whether we read about it, watch it on screen or hear somebody share in a live setting, there’s something powerful about the arc of a story. The main character starts out here, but by overcoming obstacles or standing firm in the face of opposition, they get to there; in the process, they are changed.

The most compelling stories from the Crossing come from our students. When they share about their before and after, they persuade us that change is possible and we can be a part of the bigger story.

Recently, students from the Marshall County campus told their stories at the annual banquet in Plymouth. The Pilot News published an article about the event. Check out the link below to learn more.

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A new year brings new schools

2015.05.27-newcampusesWe are excited to announce that the Crossing is growing! This fall we will open four new campuses in Lafayette, Hamilton County, Mooresville and Decatur Township. We are eager to serve these communities and reach out to students who are in need of an alternative to the traditional high school setting. God is blessing us with this special season and we look forward to the opportunities that are coming.

We believe this season of growth is God given, and that the harvest of changed lives will be plentiful! If you are interested in being part of the work, there is room for you – we are currently seeking staff and volunteers to join us. Click the links below for more information.

Volunteer Application
Employment Application

If you would like to enroll, click here to get started:

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We get our hands dirty

At the Crossing we don’t just want to talk about change and transformation. We want to be a part of the effort that creates that physical transformation in our students and in our communities. We want our students to have the opportunity to take pride in their communities and give back through community service.

The South Bend campus got after it on Earth Day. The effort was so epic, Fox 28 decided to cover the event. Click any of the following Fox 28 images below to view the various news clips captured throughout the day.

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The efforts started at 9 in the morning just as snow and sleet began to roll into the area and continued throughout the day until roughly 3 pm.

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The efforts included planting trees, trimming trees and brush, picking up trash, and reclaiming wood that was the floor in the old Studebaker factory.

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The efforts from our South Bend campus was comprehensive and inspirational. A special thanks to our partners from the community which include but aren’t limited to the team from the South Bend/Mishawaka Leadership Academy (Adam ElBenni, Amy Stabeno, Angela Johnson, Sherry English, Jeermal Sylvester), Kevin Smith and Shawn Peterson of Union Station Technologies, and Willow Weatherall of SB 150 and Ignite Michiana. The day was an incredible feet of collaboration and team work and it is one that will hopefully be a first step toward restoration of the Renaissance District of South Bend and a beacon of hope to the entire community of South Bend.

What do we do at the Crossing?

What do we do at the Crossing?

Our mission statement says we empower struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job training, and faith based mentoring.

Ohhhhh, that.

…And how does “that” work, exactly?

We empower struggling students. Kids who have a hard time learning in a traditional classroom. Kids who have been bullied. Kids with health problems who struggle with attendance. Kids who don’t have the support at home to thrive, academically or otherwise.

We tell these students, you can do this; you’re smarter than you think you are, you’re safe here, you can succeed even with medical issues, you have a family and it’s us.

We offer them job training. We teach them skills, give them responsibility and the power to make decisions as part of their experience. We help them discover their natural abilities and provide them with a place to use them. We show them what’s possible.

Mostly we listen. And we love. And we peel away those labels they’ve been given.

Courtney Bowlds, Campus Administrator of the Fort Wayne Crossing, sat down recently with the online publication INFortWayne to explain what the mission statement looks like day to day.

You can check out the video and story here:

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You reap what you sow

You reap what you sow

30% of high school students in Indiana drop out every year.

What are the options for drop outs? Low skill (and low paying) jobs that offer little advancement and can’t provide for basic needs. A dependency on others in all manner of unhealthy ways. A greater likelihood of turning to crime. (Not all drop outs are criminals, but most criminals are drop outs –over 80% of those incarcerated never finished high school.)

You reap what you sow

What if they had an alternative? What if we sowed the seeds of responsibility both given and earned? What if we equipped students to organize, analyze and strategize for the future of a micro business? What if we integrated academic learning with hands on job training that gave them a new set of skills to take with them out into the “real” world of the adult workplace -what would we reap?

The Fort Wayne campus Job Training Program is sowing and reaping great things in the lives of students with the help of community business leaders. Check out this video that was shown at their recent spring banquet:

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When we as the community invest in these students, we reap a harvest of skilled, engaged citizens who have a hope and a future.

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Crossing in the Times

There was an exciting article recently published in the Mooresville-Decatur Times that highlights the contract recently signed by the Mooresville school board to partner with the Crossing. We are very excited to be opening a school in the Mooresville district and look forward to seeing students’ lives impacted by this new partnership. Check out the files below to read the article that was published!

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Crossing visits the Rotary Club in Monticello

Friday, February 27th, a Crossing student stood before the Monticello Rotary club and told his story. We are so proud of Ethan for bravely sharing what he did in a room full of strangers. Read the wonderful article below from the Monticello Herald to hear more about the meeting and what Ethan shared!

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Special thanks to Lisa Tiernan of the Monticello Herald for writing the article!

CHA of Anderson highlights the Crossing

Students of our Anderson campus has been working alongside folks at the Community Hospital of Anderson. Recently the folks at CHA highlighted this relationship in an article posted to their intranet for all to see and learn more about their partnership with the Crossing. The article headline read as follows:

“The Crossing is a faith based alternative school located here in Anderson. The students come from all areas but have often struggled in traditional educational settings. The Crossing works to foster an environment where students feel they are part of a family.

Community Hospital Anderson has recently partnered with The Crossing, and their students have been working here at Community to gain job experience, while maintaining their academics at school.”

Thanks Community Hospital of Anderson for providing an incredible learning opportunity for our students!