By working, students gain entry-level work experience in a professional setting and gain exposure to college educated colleagues. Students begin to see the relevance of their education for future career success. Many DePaul Cristo Rey students likely have had few experiences knowing individuals who have graduated from high school or college.
All students must be 14 years of age before they can begin work in the program.
DePaul Cristo Rey students will be prepared to excel in entry-level tasks that are clerical in nature. These might include: filing, scanning, answering phones, delivering mail, or data entry. A student’s job description may evolve over time with experience and grow to include more technical and difficult tasks.
All DePaul Cristo Rey students will participate in an intensive summer training program as part of an orientation to the high school. In addition, all students will receive training continually throughout the school year with specific attention given to improving literacy, problem-solving skills and interpersonal/communication skills. Our goal is to help students feel successful at the workplace by empowering them with robust support and instruction.
A team of four students work together to cover one full-time position. All students work five days per month. Each student will work one day per week regularly and one additional, rotating day monthly.
Daily work schedules are unique to each work site and will be determined by the corporate partner and CWSP director. One benefit of our program is that we will transport all student employees to their job sites each morning and pick them up each afternoon. All students arrive at school each morning, participate in the morning assembly and then head to either work or class.
All DePaul Cristo Rey students must participate in the work study program. CWSP is a part of the total curriculum of the school and helps to finance a significant part of the cost of each student’s education.
All corporate partners will be asked to assign a supervisor who will give instruction and guidance to the DePaul Cristo Rey team of students. This supervisor will work closely with the CWSP staff to monitor student performance in terms of attendance, teamwork, productivity, accuracy, time management and professional conduct.
Following the successful model of other Cristo Rey schools, students at DePaul Cristo Rey fulfill all requirements of a college prep high school in an extended day format. The daily schedule is organized so that all students complete a full weekly class schedule.