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CWSP – FAQ for Job Partners

FAQ Job Partners

How old must a student be to participate in the Corporate Work-Study Program (CWSP)?

All students must be 14 years of age before they begin to work for a Corporate Partner.

Are there any child labor issues?

No. In 1996, Cristo Rey Jesuit received an exemption from the US Department of Labor which allows Cristo Rey Jesuit to employ children 14 years and older (US standard is 16). Each year this exception is renewed by the Cristo Rey Network.

How many days a week does a student work?

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.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1 Student A Student B Student C Student D Student A
Week 2 Student A Student B Student C Student D Student B
Week 3 Student A Student B Student C Student D Student C
Week 4 Student A Student B Student C Student D Student D

What type of jobs do students perform at the work site?

Typically, students perform similar entry-level clerical duties: answering phones, sorting and delivering mail, scanning and faxing documents, data entry, filing, running office errands and other office work. Specific job descriptions differ from Partner to Partner.

Do students get paid directly?

The fee that the Sponsors pay goes to the CWSP, not the students, and is applied to the cost of their education. On a Partner-by-Partner basis, students may have the opportunity to work during holiday and summer breaks. The CWSP manages the processes for pay earned during these breaks, which the students receive directly unless it is for a make-up day.

How do the students get to work?

On their assigned day, students will be transported to and from work by the CWSP. Depending on their bus schedule, students typically arrive at their workplace between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM and are picked up between 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM.

Does the work schedule interfere with academic studies?

Schedules are structured so that students work without missing class. On school days, students attend extended school days (7:30 AM – 4:05 PM) to complete a full course load.

Do all students work?

Yes, all Cristo Rey Jesuit students participate in the work-study program. CWSP is part of the curriculum and it finances 50% of each student’s education.

Do students choose where they go to work?

No, but their preferences are a consideration in placements.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. Cristo Rey Jesuit students are held to strict standards. All students are required to wear their school dress uniform to work. Students must adhere to the dress code at all times.

Who supervises Cristo Rey Jesuit students at the workplace?

Students have a supervisor to whom they report for daily tasks, instruction and feedback on their performance. All disciplinary actions are conducted through the CWSP.

If there is a problem with the student, should I deal with them directly?

If there ever is an issue with a student at the workplace, you may deal with that student directly and/or you can contact the CWSP. At the request of the Partner, student-workers can be removed from the position and the CWSP will replace the position with another student-worker.

As a Partner, what responsibilities do I have?

The three biggest responsibilities are to:

  1. Provide a supervisor(s) who believes in the program and the success of Cristo Rey Jesuit students.
  2. Provide meaningful work for the student and explain to him/her the importance of their role.
  3. Provide a positive working environment for the student.

What are the expectations of students in the CWSP?

In order to participate in the CWSP, students are required to commit themselves to high standards of responsibility and behavior. They must be competent, committed, and open to growth.

How are students prepared for their work-study jobs?

New students attend a rigorous summer training program called Prepare for Success: Business Training Institute which includes courses in first impressions, office software, office machines, filing, public speaking, etiquette and ethics.

What are the advantages of hiring a Cristo Rey Jesuit student?

  1. Providing job opportunities that enable hard working, economically-challenged students to receive an affordable college prep education. 
  2. Supporting the local community by educating Houston’s future leaders. 
  3. Bringing diversity to the workplace.
  4. Avoiding personnel headaches — the Corporate Work-Study team handles all personnel concerns.
  5. Providing benefit savings — students are employed by the CWSP. Partners do not pay taxes, healthcare, or other employee expenditures.
  6. Receiving reliable workers who are transported to and from work by the CWSP.
  7. Hiring a trained part-time workforce to draw from as special projects arise during student holidays and summer vacation.

Is it possible to hire the students for school breaks?

Yes, it is possible to hire the students during school breaks. Since the CWSP operates like a staffing agency, the CWSP handles the payroll and the student-workers receive payment for the extra time at work.

How can I hire a Cristo Rey Jesuit Student?

Contact the Corporate Work-Study Program at mhelm@cristoreyjesuit.org.