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Work Study Program

Every Cristo Rey Network student takes a full course load of college preparatory coursework for four years, as he/she participates one day each week in a four-year Work Study Program to fund the majority of their tuition. Through this program, every student works in a professional setting (including but not limited to law firms, banks, hospitals and other professional services.)

This relevant work experience not only provides our students with the opportunity to contribute financially to their education, but it reinforces in them the thinking strategies and lifelong learning behaviors emphasized in the classroom. The workplace experience allows students to apply and make connections from the classroom to the world of work.  This unique combination of classroom learning and workplace learning prepares Cristo Rey Network students for success in high school, in college, and in the years to come.

The Cristo Rey Network Work Study Program operates as an employee leasing agent, in which the students are employees of the Work Study Program, not the Corporate Client. In addition, the Work Study Program handles all payroll, W-4, I-9, Workers’ Compensation, FICA, FUTA and other employer issues for the students. The fee charged to the company is deducted as a business expense, not a donation.

Students at Cristo Rey schools work in job-sharing teams of four to cover a standard business week, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., during the school-year. The academic schedules are structured so that students are available to work without missing a class.


Example of a monthly schedule:
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Week 1 Student A Student B Student C Student D Student A
Week 2 Student A Student B Student C Student D Student B
Week 3 Student A Student B Student C Student D Student C
Week 4 Student A Student B Student C Student D Student D


To hire a team of students at your company, contact your local Director of Work Study Program.

“My Education, My Job, My Success,” was a Cristo Rey Network partnership with Best Buy’s @15 initiative and generous support from The Bradley Foundation.

Two Cristo Rey Network students documented how they live their lives at 15, learn from their jobs and school, love their families and communities, and also serve as leaders in all their environments - the core foundations of the @15 campaign. View all four sets of footage on our YouTube channel.

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