August 16, 2017Press Release

Michael Best Again Partners with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School for Corporate Work Study Program

Milwaukee, WI (August 16, 2017) – Michael Best is proud to partner again with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School for the third consecutive year on its Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) for the 2017-18 academic year.

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School has partnered with 60 local businesses for its innovative Corporate Work Study Program. These greater Milwaukee-area companies and organizations will employ approximately 330 freshmen, sophomores, and juniors throughout the school’s academic year. The CWSP will provide students with the opportunity to develop practical professional skills as a supplement to their classroom learning. 

The first of its kind in the state of Wisconsin, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is located in West Milwaukee and will provide Catholic, college-preparatory education to young men and women of all faiths and of limited financial means. In addition to a rigorous academic curriculum, all Cristo Rey students will work at local companies or organizations, and will ultimately graduate from high school with four years of work experience.

The school year started with an intensive, four-week business training camp in July. Following the camp, students were assigned their jobs for the academic year. These jobs were selected with consideration to both the needs of the company, as well as the particular interests and skills of the students. Over the course of the school year, students will work five full workdays a month, performing entry level tasks. In turn, these companies will pay a wage to the CWSP for the students’ work. While the funds earned through the CWSP will contribute to the students’ educational experience, the real value of the CWSP is the exposure to the professional environment and the impact it has on students’ future career ambitions.

The first Cristo Rey school opened in 1996 on the southwest side of Chicago, and the model has been successfully replicated by 28 schools around the United States.  Today, Cristo Rey schools currently partner with over 2,000 businesses in cities across the country. In addition to the CWSP, the schools that comprise the Cristo Rey Network also boast a 100% college acceptance rate for their graduates.

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