Tuesday morning, leaders from the Crossing School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Teacher’s Credit Union (TCU) and Thor Motor Coach came together at Thor. The gathering was designed as a tour to showcase the unique learning environment that has been created through the three-way partnership.
This story by Diona Eskew originally appeared in the Elkhart Truth.
Rob Staley, founder and CEO of the Crossing led executives from TCU through one of the Crossing’s satellite campuses located within Thor Motor Coach. The Crossing satellite model is a full day program with students spending half of the day in the classroom doing their school work and half of the day working on the floor with an assigned Thor employee. The Thor employees act as mentors to the students, providing on the job training.
Just because students are working at Thor now, doesn’t mean they have to or even want to stay long term. However, the experience at Thor will help students in whatever field they choose.
TCU has been helping support the Crossing with flexible loans, lines of credit and grants. Starting in 2015 TCU has been contributing $20,000 a year for leadership development and $5,000 a year for the last two years for an entrepreneurship initiative, according to TCU Director of Public Relations Jon Glesing.