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Work-Study FAQ

Does the student’s work schedule interfere with his or her classroom schedule?

No, students will not miss any classes while working because their curriculum is structured so that all of their course work is covered during the days of the week when they are not at the work site.  Our class days are longer than other high schools and the school year is longer as well.  Following the proven success of other Cristo Rey schools throughout the country, students at Cristo Rey Columbus will fulfill all the requirements of a college preparatory high school and will be well-positioned when applying to college.

Do all students go to work?

Yes, all students must participate in the Professional Work-Study Program (PWSP). This program is part of the curriculum and finances a significant portion of the cost of the student’s private high school education.  A team of 4 students fill the entry-level clerical functions of one full-time work-study position.  Each member of the student team will work one full day each week (approximately 7-8 hours per day) and an extra day every four weeks of the school year, excluding school holidays and days when the school is closed for other reasons.  The workday will be approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., although those times may vary depending on the needs of the business and the proximity of the business to the high school.  (Students may be available to work during school breaks if there is a mutual agreement with the company, our PWSP Director and the student.)

Will students get to choose where they work?

All students will complete a summer training program prior to the start of school. At this time, the Work-Study staff will begin to explore with students their interests and preferences for work experiences. The Work-Study Director will make the final determination as to where each student will be placed.

Who supervises the students at work?

Each company is asked to designate an on-site supervisor who will help guide and support the student in this challenging but rewarding experience. Both the supervisors and the Work-Study Staff will provide overall guidance, education and support so that all students will feel successful at work, and the company’s work needs are met.

Can parents contact the company where their child works?

No.  All communications to and from our business partners must be made through the Work-Study staff at Cristo Rey Columbus High School.

How does the student get to work each week?

The Work-Study Program will make arrangements with transportation companies to take the students from the high school to their workplace in the morning and pick them up at the end of the day to return them to school.

What kind of work will students do?

A team of 4 students will fill the entry-level clerical functions of one full-time work-study position.  Generally, our students assist with general administrative duties, help with meeting and conference preparation, serve as a receptionist, assist with correspondence, file, scan, and shred documents, and assist with special projects. A student’s job description may evolve over time with experience and grow to include more technical and difficult tasks. The purpose of the work experience is to expose students to a professional culture and expand their dreams of what is possible for their future. For a more complete list of duties our students can perform, please see our job description list.

How can I learn more about the Cristo Rey Columbus Professional Work-Study Program?

Please contact school president Jim Foley at 614-223-9261, ext. 12000 or jfoley@cristoreycolumbus.org