The Luther Automotive Group

Earning tuition

Cristo Rey High School students Ashley Cruz, left and Daniella Mejia are gaining valuable experience at Luther’s Home Office.

Cristo Rey High School students Ashley Cruz, left and Daniella Mejia
are gaining valuable experience at Luther’s Home Office.

Students from a Jesuit high school in Minneapolis have proven themselves over the years as interns for Luther Automotive, where their part-time work provides tuition dollars for schooling.

Through the Cristo Rey private school’s relationships with major area companies, corporate work study coordinator Ndaya Farrell said students learn everything from navigating introductions to setting up conference rooms, and the value of time and money in the workplace. She checks on students and supervisors to make sure things are running smoothly. “I would argue that our students are head and shoulders above the rest because they have that experience.”

Program well established at Motors

Senior Daniella Mejia is one of about 20 students who have interned at Luther. Working one day per week at Motors Management, she helped new employees with paperwork, drug testing and orientation. Mejia plans to study industrial psychology after graduating in June. A native of Honduras, she came to the U.S. three years ago.

“I really like this program because I can build up my resume,” she said.

Cristo Rey Senior Daniella Mejia

Cristo Rey Senior Daniella Mejia

She took Dale Carnegie training prior to coming to work, which taught her professionalism. Her wages pay about half of her tuition, with the other half split between her parents, corporate donations and other donors.

Also at Motors is Ashley Cruz, a freshman, who checks out email evaluations, rates them and sends them to her supervisor. If a customer sends an email to check on a car for sale, she sends it to a person at the dealership and checks for a correct signature. She also completed a project for Kelley Blue Book.

Farrell, who visits the students twice each year, said what makes Luther Auto special is its “hands on” approach with the interns, where they know them, work with them and ask them to come back.

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