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A Model for Success

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A member of the Cristo Rey Network since 2002, Verbum Dei adopted an innovative Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) created to fund inner-city college education.

CWSP is an innovative and award winning successful partnership between business, education and the young men of Verbum Dei in Watts.

Corporate partners provide one “full-time equivalent” student internship for a competitive fee of $30,000. The position is filled by four highly motivated young men with an average work attendance of 99%. Each student intern works five full days a month on a rotational basis. They attend classes and participate in extracurricular activities the remaining days.

CWSP takes care of all transportation, insurance, workers compensation, Department of Labor compliance, I9 completion and work permits associated with the student interns. One of our CWSP staff is assigned to each corporate partner as a program coordinator to co-manage the students with supervisors.

Students receive a performance evaluation from their supervisors and 96% of our students meet or exceeded expectations. On average, 40% of our senior year students have interned at the same company they started with their freshman year.

This program also offers our corporate partners an opportunity to achieve corporate diversity and make a very direct and tangible difference in the lives of young men seeking a better future through quality education and work experience in a corporate environment.