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Released 9/24/2015

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On September 8, 2015, Dr. Bill Henk, Dean of the College of Education, was one of ten speakers at the ribbon-cutting of the first Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Wisconsin. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School is a Catholic, college-prep school open to students of all faiths in West Milwaukee. The first freshman class of 129 students started this fall. Cristo Rey Jesuit High School will add a new freshmen class for the next three years, enrolling approximately 400 young men and women at capacity.

The Cristo Rey model is unique in that it includes a longer school day and year, an expectation that every student will attend college, and a requirement that each student participate in its Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). Furthermore, Cristo Rey only serves students who come from families with limited financial means.

Over twenty Milwaukee-area companies and organizations, including Robert W. Baird & Co, Inc., ManpowerGroup, Froedtert Health, Quarles & Brady, LLP, Marquette University, We Energies, Johnson Controls, Inc., Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, and US Bank will participate in Cristo Rey’s CWSP this year, which provides students with the opportunity to develop practical professional skills as a supplement to their classroom learning. Over the course of the school year, students will work five full workdays a month, performing entry-level tasks. In turn, these companies will pay a wage to the CWSP for the students’ work. While the funds earned through the CWSP will contribute to the students’ educational experience, the real value of the CWSP is the exposure to the professional environment and the impact it has on students’ future career ambitions.

 

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