Corporate Work Study

About the Corporate Work Study Program

The Corporate Work Study Program (a separately incorporated entity) operates like a temporary employment agency within Cristo Rey schools and employs every student five full days a month in an entry-level, professional job all four years of high school. Students earn a majority of their education cost while gaining real-world work experience that strengthens their cognitive and non-cognitive skill development, catalyzes confidence and aspiration, and prepares them for success in college and careers.

More than two decades ago, John P. Foley, S.J. and his team created the Corporate Work Study Program out of financial necessity to ensure Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago opened as both an academically rigorous and financially sustainable school. The innovative and unconventional model has since developed in a network of 38 Cristo Rey schools that collectively partner with 3,400 Corporate Partners.

Why Partner?

How it Works

Become a Founding Corporate Partner

Cristo Rey Orange County's leadership is actively recruiting forward-looking corporate partners to join as Founders in this extraordinary, essential endeavor. 26 companies have already signaled their commitment to the Cristo Rey movement.

BGA Insurance


Children's Hospital of Orange County

City of Hope

Diocese of Orange

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Fidelity Bancorp Funding

First American

Fuscoe Engineering

Insight Investments

Irvine Ranch Water District

Latham and Watkins

Naked Development





RT Specialty

Slater Builders

Snyder Langston

Sperry Commercial Real Estate

St. Joseph's Hospital


Stovall's Hotels of Anaheim


The Busch Group

Interested in becoming a corporate partner? Email Dr. Linda Nguyen at for more information!

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