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June 16, 2015Press Release

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Partners with 23 Local Companies for Corporate Work Study Program

Milwaukee (June 16, 2015) - Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, set to open its doors this summer, has partnered with 23 local businesses for its innovative Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). These greater Milwaukee-area companies and organizations will employ an anticipated freshmen class of 125 Cristo Rey Jesuit students during the school’s inaugural 2015-16 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 will start early for Cristo Rey students, with an intensive, four-week business training camp in July. Following the camp, students will be assigned their jobs for the academic year. These jobs will be 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 following companies will participate in Cristo Rey Jesuit’s Corporate Work Study Program:

  • Ace Worldwide
  • Associated Bank
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Robert W. Baird & Co, Inc. Baker Tilly
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Children's Hospital & Health System
  • Columbia St. Mary's
  • Cubic Designs, Inc.
  • Froedtert Health
  • Hatch Staffing Services, Inc.
  • Johnson Controls Inc.
  • ManpowerGroup
  • Marquette University
  • Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
  • Phoenix Investors, LLC
  • Quarles & Brady, LLP
  • Town Bank
  • U.S. Bank
  • We Energies
  • Weyco Group
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
  • Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

“We are very excited to partner with these amazing companies and applaud their commitment to the next generation of business leaders," said Joe Mazza, Director of the Corporate Work Study Program. "The Jesuits have a rich history of education in Milwaukee, but the work study model is what sets Cristo Rey schools apart by addressing the evolving needs of both the students and the businesses.”

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.

ABOUT CRISTO REY JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL MILWAUKEE:  Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee is part of a nationwide network of 30 Catholic, college preparatory high schools for students from limited financial means. Its unique and innovative model empowers students to pursue higher education and provides invaluable professional work experience through its Corporate Work Study Program.

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