The Cristo Rey Richmond Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP), Inc. operates much like a temporary employee leasing agency. The students of the high school are the legal employees of the Work Study Program, not the corporate partner. In addition, the CWSP handles all payroll, W-4, I-9 compliance, Workers’ Compensation, FICA, FUTA and other employee concerns for the students. The Cristo Rey Richmond Corporate Work Study Program complies with all federal and state Department of Labor regulations. We have received their official approval to operate.
Yes, students are trained in:
After considering students’ skill levels and college/career interests and the skill sets needed by our corporate partners, the Corporate Work Study Program staff will determine where students are placed.
Your three biggest responsibilities are to:
If there is ever an issue with a student worker in the workplace, you should address it directly first, as with any employee, and contact the Corporate Work Study Program Office so we can support your corrective efforts. Our team will follow up with the student worker the next day to resolve any lingering issues and address growth moving forward. Student workers may be replaced if there are persistent issues. In these rare cases, another student worker may be assigned.
The cost of the program will be decided annually based on the CPI for the region and other budgetary factors. The fee is competitive in relation to entry-level pay rates in the region. There are many reasons to participate:
Each student worker receives one academic credit for the work study program, annually. Each student is also formally evaluated on his or her performance twice during the school year. Student workers also have an opportunity to evaluate their workplace. Daily timecards are completed by student workers and by their company supervisor. That feedback is reviewed by the CWSP team and any issues raised are addressed prior to the next workday for that student worker. In addition to the workshops mentioned above, additional workshops and trainings are conducted throughout the year to assist student workers in their learning process.
Cristo Rey student workers are held to strict standards and are required to wear their formal Cristo Rey uniform, in transit and at work. Students must adhere to their dress code at all times. Companies are welcome to request special accommodation on a case basis.