Why should a business participate in the program and how much does it cost?

The cost of the program will be decided as a result of the feasibility study and may vary depending on local circumstances. There are many reasons to participate:

  • Add productive, entry-level employees.
  • Cost-effective services for your business.
  • Free up lower-level employees for more value-added work.
  • Participation is deductible as a business expense.
  • Contribute to your workforce diversity.
  • Students do not qualify as headcount.
  • Benefit your local community with an immediate payoff.
  • Cristo Rey school handles administrative expenses.
  • Develop a culture of community involvement among your employees
  • Each student receives one academic credit for the work study program. Each student is also evaluated on his or her performance at least twice during the school year. Students also have an opportunity to evaluate their workplace. Aside from the workshops mentioned above, additional workshops are conducted throughout the year to assist students in their learning process.
  • Cristo Rey students are held to strict standards. All students are required to wear uniforms both at school and work. Students must adhere to their dress code at all times.Yes, it is possible to hire students during school breaks. Since the Corporate Work Study Program operates as a staffing agency, it handles payment to the students earned for any extra work.

As a sponsoring business, what responsibilities do we have?

Your three biggest responsibilities are to:

  • Provide a positive work environment for the students.
  • Provide a supervisor who believes in the program and the success of Cristo Rey students.
  • Provide meaningful work for the students and explain to them the importance of their role.If there is ever an issue with a student in the workplace, you may deal with the student directly or you may contact the Corporate Work Study Program Office. Students may be replaced if there are any issues. In these rare cases, another student will be assigned.

Do students choose where they work?

After considering students’ skill levels and interests and the skill sets needed by our sponsors, the Corporate Work Study Program staff will determine where students are placed.

Will the students be trained before they begin in our office?

Yes, students are trained in:

• Communication and relationship building
• Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
• Customer service skills
• Standard office equipment operation
• Office etiquette
• Dressing for success
• Conveying a positive first impression in the workplace
• Phone skills
• Filing and document handling
• Confidentiality and ethics in the workplace
• Workplace safety
• Team building

What are the labor and legal implications? 

The Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study Program operates as an employee leasing agent. The students are employees of the program, not the corporate partner. In addition, the Corporate Work Study Program handles all payroll, W-4, I-9 compliance, Workers’ Compensation, FICA, FUTA and other employer concerns for the students.

The fee charged to each corporate partner may be deducted as a business expense, not as a donation. Students assign their earnings from the program to their school to cover most of the cost of their education.

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