All students must be 14 years of age before they begin work for a corporate sponsor.
Each student works at least one day during the week. Four students share one job, and on the fifth day, the students rotate, such that every four weeks, all students work 5 total days:
Typically all students perform similar entry-level clerical duties: answering phones, sorting and delivering mail, scanning and faxing documents, data entry, filing, running office errands, and using Microsoft Office Software. Specific job descriptions do differ on a sponsor by sponsor basis.
The money that is paid by employers goes to the CWSP and not the students directly. This money goes directly to the students' tuition. Some students have the opportunity on a sponsor-by-sponsor basis to work during school holidays: Christmas and Summer. The Cristo Rey CWSP manages the processes for the pay earned during these breaks as well, which the students will receive directly for any extra work they do.
On their assigned day, students will be transported to and from work by the Cristo Rey CWSP. Students arrive at their workplace around 8:30 and are picked up around 4:00, for a full work day.
Schedules are structured so that students work without missing class. On school days, students attend school in an extended day format (7:30-4:30) to complete a full class schedule.
All Cristo Rey Jesuit students must participate in the work-study program. Corporate Work-Study is part of the curriculum, and it finances up to 70% of each student's education.
After considering students' skill levels and interests and the skill set needed by our corporate sponsor, the CWSP Director will determine where students are placed.
Cristo Rey Jesuit students are held to strict standards. All students are required to wear their school uniform to work. Students must adhere to the dress code at all times. Dress code includes: dress shoes, khaki slacks, white button-down shirt/blouse, tie, and navy sweater.
Students are assigned a supervisor at the work-site to receive instructions and obtain feedback on performance. Students do not have to work directly with their supervisor on their daily tasks. All disciplinary actions are conducted through CWSP staff.
The 3 biggest responsibilities are:
If there ever is an issue with a student at the workplace, you can deal with that student directly or you can contact the CWSP Office. Students can be re-assigned if there are any issues. If this does occur, another student will be substituted.
Students are expected to meet or exceed the level of professionalism and dedication demanded of their adult colleagues at the work place.
New students attend a rigorous four week summer training initiative that includes courses in telephone and computer skills, office machines and filing, public speaking and team building, importance of first impressions, business ethics and etiquette, and professional dress. Returning students attend an intensive one week refresher course before the school year begins.
Yes, it is possible to hire the students during school breaks (Christmas and Summer). Since the CWSP operates like a staffing agency, it handles payment to the students which they receive directly for any extra work.
Regarding child labor laws, Cristo Rey Jesuit has an exception from the U.S. Department of Labor which allows Cristo Rey Jesuit to employ children 14 years and older (the U.S. standard is 16). Each year this exception is renewed by the Cristo Rey Network.