For Work-Study Partners

How It Works

Cristo Rey Columbus High School’s Professional Work-Study Program (PWSP) is a proven business model designed to meet your entry-level employee needs and your bottom line! It’s also designed to make the employment process as easy as possible for your business.

The PWSP is its own corporation that provides employment services, which saves you administrative overhead. Students are employees of the PWSP, not your company. That means the PWSP handles all payroll, W-4, I-9, Workers’ Compensation, FICA, FUTA, and other aspects of employment associated with the student workers.

The PWSP will provide you with a fee-for-service contract to be paid annually, tri-annually, or monthly. These contract fees are applied directly toward the cost of the student’s education at Cristo Rey Columbus High School. You may deduct these fees as business expenses and not as charitable donations.

All of our students participate in our work-study program, working five days per month during the school year at their assigned local business. At their jobs, students engage in various entry-level activities, from customer service, to social media strategy and execution, to IT support. A team of 4 students fills 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. The workday will be approximately 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., although those times may vary depending on the needs of your business and the proximity of your business to the high school.

The PWSP prepares our students for college by developing project- and time-management skills, leadership abilities, and personal accountability. By working with you, their adult colleagues, in a professional setting, our students consistently see and experience what college can lead to. That modeling and positive reinforcement is invaluable and is not available in a typical scholastic model.

For more details about the possible jobs our students can fulfill at your company, read our Student Job Descriptions. Here’s a visual example of a Cristo Rey PWSP schedule:

A= Monday Worker  B= Tuesday Worker  C= Wenesday Worker  D= Thursday Worker

Before starting their entry-level jobs, all students must satisfactorily complete our Summer Business Training program. During this time, we train students in general professional office skills and prepare them for their new responsibilities come the fall. Throughout the whole process, our staff serve as liaisons between your company and our students. We provide ongoing support all four years to answer any questions you might have and to ensure our students are responsibly meeting your needs.

Benefits

A full-time, highly productive employee at a reduced cost

Little to no HR responsibilities 

Youthful energy and ideas in the office that prove useful and refreshing, especially for growing businesses

Opportunity to train/recruit future employees upon graduation/college as part of workforce development

Opportunity to cultivate young, diverse talent

Lasting relationships with the leaders of tomorrow

 

For more information on how to be a Professional Work-Study partner, please contact Somers L. Martin, PWSP Director of Sales at smartin@cristoreycolumbus.org.

A Word from Our Work-Study Supervisors

Some of Our Current Work-Study Partners

AEP (3 Teams)

AETNA

Antolino & Associates

AT&T

BalletMet Columbus

Better Business Bureau

Bexley Public Library

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Bob Evans Farms

Broad Street Food Pantry

Bricker & Eckler

Buckeye Power/Ohio Electric Cooperative

Builder’s Exchange

Burgess & Niple

Casto

Catholic Diocese of Columbus

Catholic Diocese Office for Social Concerns

Catholic Social Services

Center for New Directions Career Center

Champion Companies

Childhood League Center

City of Columbus Dept. of Public Utilities

City of Columbus Mayor’s Office

City of New Albany

Columbus Children’s Theatre

Columbus Early Learning Centers

Columbus Humane

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Museum of Art

Columbus State Community College

Corna Kokosing

COSI

Dawson

Deloitte

Diamond Hill Capital Management

Easton

Encova Insurance

Expeditors International

Federal District Court, Southern Division

First Merchants Bank

Franklin County Auditor

Franklin County Board of Commissioners (3 Teams)

Franklin County Recorder

Franklin County Treasurer

Franklin Park Conservatory

Free Store for All People

GBQ Holdings

Gladden Food Pantry

Grange
Grote Company

Habitat for Humanity

Homeport

Huckleberry House

Huntington (1.5 teams)

Ice Miller, LLP

IGS Energy

Installed Building Products

JDRF

J.O.I.N.

JobsOhio

JP Morgan Chase

 

Junior Achievement (2 teams)

Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter

King Arts Complex

Kimball Midwest (3 Teams)

Kirk Williams Company

 Lancaster Pollard

Law Offices of Sam Shamansky

Lifestyle Communities

Local Matters

Loeb Electric

M/I Homes

Mount Carmel Health System (3 Teams)

Muirfield Village Golf Club

NNEMAP Food Pantry

 

 

NNEMAP Food Pantry

National Youth Advocate Program

Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nationwide Insurance (2 Teams)

NiSource/Columbia Gas

Ohio Attorney General

Ohio Auditor of State

Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation

Ohio Credit Union League

Ohio Department of Administrative Services

Ohio Department of Commerce

Ohio Department of Higher Education

Ohio Department of Insurance

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

Ohio Department of Medicaid

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services 

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

Ohio Department of Transportation

Ohio Department of Veteran’s Services

Ohio Department of Youth Services

Ohio Development Services Agency

Ohio ENT/Allergy Physicians

OhioHealth – 4 teams

Ohio Office of Budget & Management

Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund (2 Teams)

Ohio Secretary of State

 

OSU College of Education and Human Ecology

OSU College of Engineering

Otterbein University

Park National Bank

Pelotonia

Perio/Barbasol

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Public Utilities Commission of Ohio

Raising Cane’s

Red Roof

Reminger

Rockbridge Capital

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Safex

St. Brigid of Kildare Parish

St. Joseph Montessori School

St. Mary’s School

St. Timothy School

St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Center

School Employees Retirement System of Ohio

Scott Scriven LLP

State Auto

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

The Pizzuti Companies

The Reeb Avenue Center

The Salvation Army

Three Hands, LLC

Thrive Companies

Telhio

WCBE 90.5 FM Public Radio

The Waterworks

White Castle

Yellow Cab Company

YMCA

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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.  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. That way, 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 work-study 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 functions of one full-time work-study position.  At their jobs, students engage in various entry-level activities, from customer service, to social media strategy and execution, to IT support. 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 for their futures.

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

Please contact PWSP Director of Sales Somers Martin at 614-223-9261, ext. 005 or smartin@cristoreycolumbus.org