Empowering Success: Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School’s Impactful Partnerships Prepare Students for Careers

DVIRC had the privilege of touring Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School with our Director of Workforce Engagement, Hannah McGarry, and CEO, Barry Miller to learn more about their impactful work-study program. The school collaborates with local businesses to provide students with valuable work experience and exposure to real-world careers. These partnerships enable students to apply their classroom knowledge to practical settings while nurturing essential skills for their future endeavors.

Cristo Rey “The School that Works” is an affordable, college-prep school that provides a work-study program for its students. Every student works one day per week at over 90 companies in the greater Philadelphia area. During our visit, we got to learn first-hand from the amazing students about the positive impact this program has had, empowering them with real-world experience and academic excellence.

The school’s impressive statistics speak volumes about its dedication to ensuring that every student has the opportunity to thrive. With a 100% college acceptance rate, Cristo Rey Philadelphia sets the stage for students to pursue higher education and realize their dreams. The school’s emphasis on holistic development is evident through a 60% college persistence rate, demonstrating the enduring impact of their education.

Cristo Rey Philadelphia welcomes students from diverse backgrounds, including families with an average income of $10,102 per capita. Despite these economic challenges, the school’s relentless focus on excellence shines through. The average daily attendance rate of 93% showcases the students’ dedication to their education and the nurturing environment fostered by the school. Furthermore, 270 students achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher exemplify the academic rigor and support provided by Cristo Rey Philadelphia.

The video linked below provides an insightful overview of Cristo Rey Philadelphia’s Work-Study Job Partnerships, shedding light on the transformative impact of this unique program:

In the manufacturing sector, these partnerships offer students hands-on experiences, exposing them to diverse career pathways and cultivating a deep understanding of the industry. By working alongside professionals, students acquire technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and a strong work ethic. These practical experiences complement the rigorous academic curriculum, empowering students to enter the workforce with confidence and competence.

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School is a great example of how education and partnerships can transform lives and pave the way for a brighter future. Through its dedication to academic excellence, commitment to student success, and innovative partnerships with local businesses, particularly in the manufacturing sector, Cristo Rey Philadelphia equips its students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to thrive in their careers.

Manufacturers in our region should consider getting involved with programs like Cristo Rey’s work-study program to support our future workforce and bridge the skills gap. Together, we can shape a brighter future.