Corporate Work Study Wraps Up 2019

As the 2019 school year comes to a close, several of Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Partners take it upon themselves to coach our students on final, summative presentations.   The goal of these final presentations vary depending on each Corporate Partner, but often they include highlights of the student’s work over the past year, reflections from the students on … Read More

Discover’s Corporate Values in Action through Cristo Rey’s Corporate Work Study Program

Many companies claim investment in the communities that their employees call home, but it is at the intersection of educational innovation and the workplace where Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep and Discover Financial Services find themselves in true alignment, forging a mutually beneficial relationship. The partnership, which began in 2010, has been growing steadily and yielding positive results for … Read More

Career Exploration Day Hosted by Corporate Work Study Program

The Corporate Work Study Program held its 2nd annual Career Exploration Event on March 19th. The Honorable Ruben Castillo, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, delivered the keynote speech to open the event. Fifty-two young professionals, representing thirteen career specialties, volunteered their time to hold “informational interviews” for small groups of CRSM … Read More

Professional Development Day: Redefined

Where else do business executives and high school educators meet to discuss ideas that will improve students’ chances for success?  On Tuesday, January 29th, the Corporate Work Study Program organized Cristo Rey teachers and staff for a joint Professional Development Day with business partner supervisors. The agenda: explore ways to structure and support CRSM students so that they can demonstrate … Read More

Internships Equal Bright Futures for Chicago Students

Recently, CVS Health published an article on their corporate Intranet about their partnership with the Cristo Rey St. Martin Corporate Work Study Program; it is re-printed here with permission.  Thank you CVS for the kind words and continued support for our students through this program. Internships Equal Bright Futures for Chicago Students by Holly Steel, Corporate Communications, CVS Health Rebecca … Read More

Astellas and Takeda Scientists Visit Cristo Rey

Staff from Astellas Pharma and Takeda Development Center Americas arrived at Cristo Rey St. Martin on December 12th to speak with CRSM students about careers in the medical and pharma industries. Cheryl Hudson-Jackson, Senior Director Economic Empowerment and Youth Programs for the YWCA of Lake County, brought together an impressive group of clinical researchers, physicians and directors who took time … Read More

Cristo Rey Work Study Innovations & the 90 Day Check-In

The staff of the Corporate Work Study Program is charged with guiding first generation, future professionals into the world of work for the first time. Placing students with 70 different business partners to work for 100 unique supervisors demands something quite different from traditional on-boarding. Each summer, Cristo Rey St. Martin freshmen spend weeks in training – covering everything from … Read More

The Cristo Rey – Discover Partnership Reaches Beyond the Work-Study Program

Discover Financial Services is not only a leading partner for Cristo Rey St. Martin’s (CRSM) Corporate Work Study Program, with 28 CRSM students covering 7 full-time-equivalent positions at Discover, in recent years Discover has deepened the partnership through their Discover Cares program as well.  Discover Cares is a highly developed and far reaching volunteer program created by Discover Financial Services … Read More

Beyond day-to-day work: creative ways Cristo Rey works with students on professional development

Behind the scenes at Cristo Rey St. Martin, the Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) staff works tirelessly to find ways to meet our students where they are in their professional career development. This fall, there are a variety of workshops and seminars going on at CRSM targeted to each different grade level. We are so appreciative to the business partners … Read More