Through the innovative Corporate Work-Study Program (CWSP), Cristo Rey Miami High School students work five (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.
Cristo Rey students gain valuable real-world job skills, contacts, and experience through their Work-Study jobs, and go on to college in record numbers, in large part because of their early exposure to the working world. For a quick overview of the Work-Study Program, please watch the following video:
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 Miami. 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 Miami 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 (Monday - Thursday). On Fridays, 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.
Workdays are Monday through Friday, during standard business hours (usually 8:30-9:00 am to 4:30-5:00 pm).
Students work in entry-level jobs at law firms, hospitals, banks, and other professional institutions. Typical job duties include filing, photocopying, data entry 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.
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.
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.
We are the school that works in the heart of Miami.