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Lawrence, MA – On Friday, August 5, 80 members of the incoming Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School Class of 2020 received certificates for completing 40 workforce development courses to ready them for their job placements in the upcoming school year. Ranging from courses such as safety in the workplace to business etiquette, 80 freshmen are now ready to be placed at over 75 corporate work study locations throughout Massachusetts.

The Corporate Work Study Program at NDCR is a model that the Catholic, college preparatory high school adopted so that all students have the opportunity to attend college. With a 100% college acceptance rate and having sent over 500 students to college to date, the school transports all of its students to work one day a week so that they may earn the majority of their tuition by working in entry-level office positions. After the high school raises funds for additional tuition assistance and financial aid, students and their families pay only 10% of the cost to attend the high school thanks this unique model.14-notre dame_3

When asked by one of their instructors at the CWSP Summer Training Institute what the goal is for the next four years, students replied, “to graduate NDCR!” And when she followed up with, “and then after that?” students enthusiastically yelled, “to go to college!”

About Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School:

Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School was founded in 2004 under the leadership of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and in partnership with the Cristo Rey Network. Providing a unique, successful and affordable model of education to families with limited income, students graduate with college preparatory knowledge and professional corporate work study experience, preparing students with the skills, integrity and values needed for college and life after college. Thanks to over 75 Corporate Work Study partners in and around the Merrimack Valley, Route 93/128 corridors and Southern NH and the increasing donations of its supporters, NDCR has been able to provide families a tuition rate of only 10% of what it costs to attend the school and continue in its ongoing success of 100% college acceptance into four-year colleges.

About Cristo Rey Network:

The Cristo Rey Network provides a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to young people who live in urban communities with limited educational options. Member schools utilize a rigorous academic model, supported with effective instruction, to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. 32 Cristo Rey Network schools employ an innovative Corporate Work Study Program that provides students with real world work experiences. Every student works five full days a month to fund the majority of his or her education, gain job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of his or her education. Students work at law firms, banks, hospitals, universities, and other professional Corporate Partners.

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