ON-Lion Letter

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Milwaukee has announced that it will be partnering with a total of 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.  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 of 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 CWSP for the students' work.  While the funds earned through CWSP will contribute to the students' educational experience, the real value of CWSP is the exposure to the professional environment and the impact it has on students' future career ambitions.

Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation substantially supported the opening of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in the city.

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