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Governor Kasich Honors Cristo Rey Columbus High School for Innovation

March 10, 2017 | Advertising Supplement to Columbus Business First


In a special ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse, Governor John Kasich recognized Cristo Rey Columbus High School for innovation and excellence in education. “The governor emphasized our unique work-study program as a proven model that exemplifies what can be achieved when the business community joins forces with educators for the benefit of our children and our community,” said Jim Foley, President of Cristo Rey Columbus. For the 2016-17 school year, Cristo Rey Columbus has partnered with 111 businesses and organizations to provide professional entrylevel clerical jobs for its students.

Cristo Rey schools in Cleveland and Cincinnati also received the governor’s Innovation Award. The three Ohio Cristo Rey Schools are members of the nationally acclaimed Cristo Rey Network® comprised of 32 private, Catholic, college preparatory schools that today serve 10,933 students of all faiths from economically challenged families in 21 states and D.C.

“Let’s look at some of the incredible things your schools are doing,” Kasich said during the ceremony. “Let’s see if we can help other schools copy parts of that.”

In addition to taking a full course load of college-prep classes, all Cristo Rey Columbus students work five full days a month in the professional off ices of business sponsors to fund a significant portion of their education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence and realize the relevance of their education.

Vanesa Mora ’17 has worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for all of her four years at Cristo Rey Columbus. Mora, who was selected to speak at the governor’s ceremony, said her dream is to pursue a profession in research at the University of Notre Dame or Loyola of Chicago. “Without a doubt, Cristo Rey Columbus has prepared me for college and the future,” she commented during the event. “I feel that I have acquired the necessary tools to succeed both academically and in whatever career I pursue. I’ve been given amazing opportunities that have shaped me into a strong collaborator and compassionate worker.”

Collectively, for the 2016-17 school year, all three Ohio Cristo Rey schools have partnered with 400 businesses, and $6.3 million has been earned by students to help pay for their education. “Cristo Rey Columbus, as well as our sister schools in Cleveland and Cincinnati, are fortunate that Ohio businesses have generously embraced Cristo Rey’s mission,” Foley said.