Jimmy Cross, construction manager for Flint River Habitat for Humanity, was named Turner Job Corps Center’s Partner of the Year. (Staff Photo: Brad McEwen)
ALBANY — Turner Job Corps Center awarded its Partner of the Year Award to Flint River Habitat for Humanity construction manager Jimmy Cross Wednesday at its semi-annual Center Industry Council meeting.
Each year Turner Job Corps Center recognizes a partner from the local business community who had a positive impact on students. Flint River Habitat uses Turner Job Corps students to build, renovate and remodel homes and the students are subsequently provided hands-on learning.
“We try to give them an example of what they’re going to find in the workforce,” said Cross. “We try to give these kids a chance to learn, not only job skills, but things that will help them throughout their lives.”
Cross said he has been working with Job Corps students for the three years that he has been the construction manager for Flint River Habitat and feels it has been a positive experience for both the students and his organization.
“We utilize every department of the Job Corps, from welding, to electrical to heavy equipment,” said Cross. “In the end we all win.”
Cross said he had not been notified that he would be receiving the award and thought he was simply just attending a regular meeting. He was visibly surprised when his name was called as the recipient.
“It’s humbling,” said Cross. “It’s a great organization.”
Turner Job Corps Center representative Michael Davis told the crowd assembled for the meeting that the organization works directly with the local business community to make sure Job Corps students are learning the most up to date skills.
“The purpose of this is to get you, the business community,” Smith began. “You give us input so we can better serve you and the students.”