ON-Lion Letter
In September, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) announced the Cristo Rey Network's (CRN's) Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) as one of six groundbreaking projects from around the world to win a 2012 WISE Award.

The winning initiatives were selected by a jury of leading education experts, following a pre-selection of 24 WISE Awards finalists from 14 countries.  Finalists were selected for their tangible, positive impact upon society and their innovative approach to solving important global problems.

The chairman of CRN's board of directors, Rev. Joseph P. Parkes, S.J., who is also the founding president of Cristo Rey New York High School, will accept the award on behalf of the organization at the annual WISE Summit in November in Doha, Qatar.

CRN's 25 high schools provide a quality, college-preparatory education to urban young people who live in communities with limited educational options.  All 7,400 students at CRN schools participate in CWSP, through which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real-world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education.

CRN schools have about 2,500 corporate partners around the country.  This school year, CRN students are projected to earn some $44 million to support the costs of their education.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CRN.
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