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CEO Sings the Praises of Corporate Work Study Program
“As most business owners do, I often get asked to support organizations. While it can be easier to write a check, for a long time I was in search of an organization that CR Architecture + Design could support that aligns with our business. With this program, I see the direct result of our participation. Students are benefitting and so are we,” explains David Arends, president and CEO. His company just completed its first year as a partner in DPCR’s Corporate Work Study Program.
David admits he was skeptical when first invited to a school event to learn about the CWSP. “After several students spoke, I was sold. I was really, really impressed with them and fascinated by what the CWSP could do,” he recalls, and after a year’s partnership, he’s even more convinced. “I know what our sponsorship is doing.”
Soon-to-be a junior Josue Castillo was one of two DPCR students who worked at the architecture firm this past school year. His tasks included scanning, filing, mail and organizing project blueprints. He and DPCR student Kayla Nielson also organized the firm’s library of fabric, floor and wall covering samples. Josue enjoyed his job and learning about the architecture field which he was already considering as a career. “I’ve always liked problem-solving and building things. At work I talked to one of the architects and learned about his job and what he studied in college,” he says. “I like DPCR and this program because it helps me see and make decisions about what I might do in the future.”
David found the first year of his company’s partnership so beneficial, he plans to double the number of students working at the firm in the coming school year. “This year proved to our organization that these students are valuable. I’ve interviewed recent graduates for positions who’ve come from top colleges but don’t know how to look me in the eye or shake my hand properly as these students do,” he says.
“In the past few months I’ve had several business associates call me to ask about this program and I sing its praises,” he adds. “I’ve been to DPCR now several times, in classrooms and during changing bells; the behavior of the students further inspires me. I see that DPCR’s mission is not just to educate students academically, but to educate them in so many important things.”
As Josue explains, “It’s getting me prepared for the real world.”
Josue is shown with CR architecture + design's Peggy Obermeyer in the downtown Cincinnati office.