The Corporate Work Study Program is an integral part of all Cristo Rey high schools. This program provides employment for students at local corporate offices. ICA’s corporate work study program engages with sponsors throughout the Bay Area (northern peninsula, San Francisco, and BART accessible East Bay). The money earned through this program offsets a significant portion of each student’s cost of education, enabling the school to lower its tuition significantly.
This program places students in entry-level, clerical positions. Sponsor organizations work in a number of industries including healthcare, financial services, legal and media, among others.
A team of four ICA students shares one full-time job. Students rotate their schedules, each working five full days every four weeks. Academic schedules are structured so that students never miss class.
Sponsors contract directly with ICA which serves as the actual employer of each student. Sponsors thereby avoid the administrative and financial overhead of direct employment. In addition, the school transports each student to and from the worksite.
The program personnel at ICA effectively co-supervise student workers with sponsors. This co-supervision facilitates compliance with program policies and procedures including dress code, professionalism, attendance and punctuality, as well as performance expectations and reviews.
To ensure a high level of professionalism and success in the workplace, ICA conducts a mandatory two week training program each summer for all new students. During this training program, students are familiarized with the use and operation of standard office equipment as well as commonly used business software (i.e. Microsoft Office programs). Students are also educated with regards to professional “soft skills”. This soft skills training covers issues of business etiquette and common workplace expectations.