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Message from the Director, Corporate Work-Study


Dear Prospective Sponsors & Community Supporters:

It is an extreme honor to serve as the Director of the Corporate Work-Study Program (CWSP) at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston. We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Houston community since the school opened its doors in 2009. Our unique equation of Corporate training + rigorous academics = a transformational experience.  By matching business interests with the educational and economic needs of our students, we give them their best chance of overcoming the financial barriers that limit their educational and professional opportunities.

As an integral part of the educational experience at Cristo Rey Jesuit, all students participate in the Corporate Work-Study Program. It is one of the notable initiatives that sets us apart from other high schools because students gain four years of professional work experience BEFORE they go to college, working one day a week in industries such as accounting, energy, education, healthcare and many more.

Students are employed by the school’s subsidiary employment agency, Cristo Rey Work Study Program, Inc., and spend five days each month engaged in a professional work assignment at one of the 158 partner companies throughout the Houston area. Each student earns approximately half of the cost of their education through a job-sharing partnership with their classmates to cover full-time, Monday through Friday positions. The Work-Study Program staff handles all transportation, payroll, W-4, I-9, Workers’ Compensation, FICA, and other employer issues for the students. The fee charged to the company is a “fee for service” business expense, not a donation.

As a result of working in a business environment, students create positive relationships in professional communities, build resources, acquire valuable job experience, obtain marketable skills, develop a network of business contacts, and gain exposure to a wide range of career opportunities. And while this program is beneficial to our students and their families, it benefits our partners as well.  When you consider the connection between our students and their jobs, our corporate partners do more than simply contract our students. They directly invest in their future by serving as educators and mentors as they lead, transform, and empower the next generation of business leaders.

We are the school that works in the heart of Houston and we greatly depend on your support to continue the positive trajectory that has been in place for the past 11 years. Please consider partnering with us and deepen your relationship with Cristo Rey Jesuit by attending and sponsoring our special events, volunteering, or mentoring our students both inside and outside of the office.

Ensuring that our students are work-prepared is of utmost importance to me and I am committed to incorporate workplace skill development year-round to assure continued student employability and success at work. We welcome your involvement in that success and appreciate your interest in the Corporate Work-Study Program at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston. Please let me know how you would like to participate.

 

Yours in Service,

Misty Helm
Director, Corporate Work-Study Program