Winning the COVID-19 Corporate Work Shuffle

It is no small feat, the business of keeping 400 student-workers on-the-job because many corporations are still working remotely and cannot have students come in for internships. But, through pivoting, innovating and firm resolve; 94% of students have been placed in jobs for the 2021-22 school year. “This is a huge testament to the great work our corporate work study … Read More

Preparing for Work: CWSP Freshman Orientation

One of Cristo Rey’s missions is to prepare students for work. This summer’s Freshmen Orientation Program took on new importance as our business partners plan their remote and on-site work strategies. CWSP is making sure that student workers are prepared for any eventuality.             These are the training modules freshmen attend: Email Setup Email Etiquette … Read More

Work Study Students Earn Microsoft Certifications

One of Cristo Rey’s missions is to prepare students for work.     Our Certified students “have demonstrated the ability to command the full features and functionality of Microsoft Word and Excel, preparing them for future academic or workforce opportunities.” For those Certified in Word 2019/365, these are some of the skills they have mastered: Advanced Find Options Formatting text & … Read More

Career Day: Business Pros Open Up New Horizons for Students

 Students React to Their Career Day Experience “I found that all the careers, whether you are in engineering or supply chain, have something in common…communication skills are crucial.” “I was thinking about marketing prior to Career Exploration. Now I can definitely say, because of the Career Exploration Event, I’m certain it’s the path I want to take.” “Before the Career … Read More

Corporate Work Study Successfully Transitions Students to Work Remotely 

As with most of CRSM’s activities, Corporate Work Study has had to adjust to the new normal of the pandemic. Over 45 business partner executives gathered virtually for the 2021 Business Partner Meeting. At the top of the agenda was one of the central issues facing many of northern Illinois’ corporations – remote work. Because of Cristo Rey’s partnerships with … Read More

Geometers Get Crafty

“We’re transitioning from two dimensions into three in Geometry right now, and what better way to do it than folding nets! This project gave the students a chance to get hands-on with the geometry (a rare event this year) by cutting out and assembling these paper models at home. Not only does this strengthen their visual-spatial reasoning, but it lets … Read More

Stepping It Up in the Workplace

Arlene, CRSM ’23, has been working with Discover Financial Services in Compliance Operations every Thursday this school year. But during CRSM’s two-week holiday break, Discover experienced what executives there described as an unusual and significant increase in work volume. Kim Lotz, Senior Manager of Compliance Programs, talked about the situation- “Obviously, the holidays are a bad time for an unexpected … Read More

Corporate Work Study Invites TED Talk Author to Speak

Sean Aiken is the creator of The One Week Job Project – a journey across North America in which he worked 52 jobs in 52 weeks to find his passion. He’s often featured in the media, including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Good Morning America.   In a ZOOM call with the student body, Aiken spoke … Read More

Can a 16 year old learn confidence and self-advocacy at work?

Stephanie is a junior working for a Cristo Rey business partner in customer service. She has always felt that her job, working for a branch manager, was an ideal position. She enjoys the steep learning curve involved with working in a fast-paced department. But this day brought sad news. She was being moved to another floor. Confused and a bit … Read More