August 16, 2017 5:00am
It was draft day Tuesday for several hundred Cristo Rey Jesuit High School students in Milwaukee. But instead of being drafted for a sport, the students were paired with 60 Milwaukee-area businesses for a corporate work study program over the upcoming school year.
Check out the attached slideshow put together by Milwaukee Business Journal freelance photographer Kenny Yoo to see scenes from the school’s draft day, which drew several hundred Milwaukee-area business executives to meet their new interns and provide them lots of “swag” from their new employer, including hats, shirts and pom poms.
Area businesses involved in the effort included the Milwaukee Bucks, ManpowerGroup, Northwestern Mutual, Quarles & Brady LLP, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., Kohl’s Corp., Rockwell Automation, Johnson Controls and Aurora Health Care.
Over the course of the school year, students will work five days a month in entry level roles.
School officials said the program has provided students a platform to create positive relationships in the business and professional communities, build upon their existing skill set, acquire valuable job experience and marketable skills, gain exposure to a wide range of career opportunities, instill a strong work ethic, and increase their self-esteem.
“We are so grateful to our corporate work study partners for giving Cristo Rey Jesuit students real-world work experience. Their investment in our students, and by extension our community, is what really makes this program work,” said Joe Mazza, Cristo Rey Jesuit corporate work study program director.