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Work-Study Program Overview

The signature component of Cristo Rey Columbus High School is the Professional Work-Study Program, a national educational model in which businesses invest in student workers to make college-preparatory education possible for students in need of an affordable education. This unique program allows businesses to fill entry-level clerical positions with no overhead, and it provides students with the ability to earn a significant portion of the cost of their private, college-preparatory education and the opportunity to gain professional work experience.

Every Cristo Rey Columbus student takes a full course load of college-preparatory classes in addition to working one day each week in the professional offices of our business sponsors. As a proven business model, the Work-Study Program is designed to meet your entry-level employee needs and your bottom line. The partnership also offers invaluable mentoring and motivation for our students while reinforcing the thinking strategies and lifelong learning behaviors emphasized in the classroom. In the words of some of our current partners:

“We believe in this established education model and the results it delivers.”
-Greg Paniccia, President, Panacea Products Corporation
“We are proud to be able to make a difference in these students’ lives.”
-Rocky J. Parker, VP, Talent Acquisition, Nationwide Insurance
“This partnership clearly creates value for both the businesses and the students.”
-Dave McCurdy, COO, Kimball Midwest
“We have found working with these highly-motivated students to be a very rewarding experience.”
-Patricia Eshman, Assistant VP, Community Relations, Grange Insurance

The Cristo Rey Work-Study Program benefits your company’s bottom line, our student’s educational career, and the greater good of our collective community through workforce development. To begin your company’s participation in the Cristo Rey Columbus Professional Work-Study Program, contact John Petro, director of the Work-Study program, at (614) 223-9261 ext. 12005 or jpetro@cristoreycolumbus.org.