Each year, our Corporate Work Study Program kicks off with Draft Day. The high-energy event announces the placement of Cristo Rey Jesuit students with corporate partners from around the greater Milwaukee area for the coming academic year. In the style of a professional sports draft, students are called on stage where they are greeted by their new corporate work partners and presented with company “swag.”
The students anticipate Draft Day with excitement according to Cristo Rey Jesuit student Lizbeth. “It’s a day full of emotion, especially because we know where we are going to work for the first time.” Since the school’s first Draft Day in 2015, the number of corporate partners involved in the program has grown from 23 to nearly 60. Each company hires a team of students who alternate working 8-hour days to fulfill the responsibilities of one full-time position. The school’s academic schedule is arranged so students are able to balance 5 full work days each month with the demands of a college preparatory curriculum. Over the years, additional companies have joined the program while others have added more positions to match the growth of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School held its third annual Draft Day on August 15, 2017 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “We are so grateful to our Corporate Work Study partners for giving Cristo Rey Jesuit students real-world work experience. Their investment in our students, and by extension our community, is what really makes this program work,” said Joe Mazza, Cristo Rey Jesuit Corporate Work Study Program Director.