Home City Ice Leader Believes in Power of an Early Work Ethic 

“Along with academics, I believe students need to understand the role of work. This program helps them see what real life is like,” says Tom Sedler, chief executive officer of Home City Ice. Mr. Sedler continued his longstanding support of Catholic education, when he led his company into partnership with DePaul Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program in 2012. He began working for his family’s ice business at age 10, and embraces the Corporate Work Study Program for the hands-on experience it provides DPCR students. “I believe if you don’t learn a work ethic when you’re young, you won’t ever have it,” he says.

Sophomore Jesse Escobedo (pictured here with Mr. Sedler) is one of the four-student team gaining real-life experience at Home City Ice. He works every Tuesday and one Friday a month in Accounts Payable, opening and sorting mail, filing and scanning documents. While he receives hands-on learning opportunities, helps earn part of his high school tuition, and receives an introduction to the business world, Home City Ice is benefitting as well. “Jesse’s work frees us up to do other things such as research and gives us time to catch up,” explains Sandy Bleh, Accounts Payable manager. Clerk Karen Helms adds, “Home City Ice is a big community supporter and this program furthers that.”

Mr. Sedler says the program has three beneficiaries, “This helps our company, helps the student and helps the school,” he explains. He believes the program also says something about Greater Cincinnati. “This shows we’re progressive and on the cutting edge of education,” he adds.

The Corporate Work Study Program is one reason Jesse’s family encouraged him to enroll at DPCR. The academic and work programs are helping him move toward his goal of becoming a dentist. While he had never heard of Home City Ice before he began working there, he now sees the role it’s playing in his future. “I want to start my own business and as a dentist, will need to organize an office. I like the way Home City Ice is organized and I’m learning a lot about how an office runs,” he explains.

For Tom Sedler that on-the-job learning is critical. “The best things about this program are that students become familiar with how businesses work, and they leave high school with real job experience,” he adds.


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