How the Program Works
Through the innovative Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP), Cristo Rey Charleston High School students will work 5 full days a month at top local businesses. The earnings from this work pay for a large percentage of each student's tuition costs, giving them access to a rigorous, quality college preparatory education that otherwise would be too expensive.
The Work Study Program combines two common business concepts—employee leasing and job sharing—to provide a solution that is win-win for students and Corporate Job Partners.
The CWSP office is a separately incorporated entity that acts as a temporary employment agency within Cristo Rey Charleston. For a competitive annual fee, Job Partners receive one full-time Corporate Work Study Team, for a contract period that spans approximately nine months.
Each Corporate Work Study Team consists of four students, who together perform the work of one full-time, entry level employee. Since students are employees of the CWSP, the CWSP handles all job-related paperwork, as well as taxes, benefits, and other expenditures. Cristo Rey Charleston is also responsible for the students' transportation to and from work.
Four students share one job, and each has an assigned day on which he or she works (Tuesday-Friday). On Mondays, students rotate, so in every four-week span, each student will also have one week in which he or she works two days, with each student working a total of five days per month.
Work days are Monday through Friday, during standard business hours (usually 8:30-9:00am to 3:30-4:00pm).
Types of Work Available
Students work in entry-level jobs at law firms, hospitals, banks, and other professional institutions. Typical job duties include filing, photocopying, data entry, mail room services, customer service and IT tasks. Students are assigned to their job sites by the CWSP staff, with consideration to students’ particular interests and skills, and the requirements of the Job Partner.
A Cutting-Edge Solution
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cites the Cristo Rey Network as one of a growing body of schools that is revolutionizing ideas about teaching and learning to produce high-achieving graduates ready to succeed in today's changing world.
Our nationally proven model has been featured on WSB-TV, NPR, 60 Minutes, C-SPAN, The New Yorker, CNN, BBC, CBS News, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, and Boston Globe.
By matching business interests with the educational and economic needs of lower-income students, we give these students their best chance of overcoming the financial barriers that limit their educational and professional opportunities.