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Last month, Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School’s first ever-graduating class learned that all 86 seniors were accepted to college. In order to be admitted into this new private high school, there are two requirements:

  • Students must come from a low-income household
  • Students must want to go to college

A major key to succeeding in college lies in understanding what career opportunities await upon graduation. We were proud to have our Internal Auditor, Mike Scannapieco, participate in a career day event at Cristo Rey to help the students understand the business of becoming a real estate professional.

During the event called “Project: Career,” volunteers from various business organizations participated in panel discussions with the students, covering a variety of topics, including résumé building and interviewing tips. Students also prepared questions for the volunteers to gain insights and to observe real-life examples of successful business professionals.

Brandywine sponsors Cristo Rey Philadelphia students throughout the year as part of a work-study program in which students work 5 days per month at various Brandywine offices, including the corporate headquarters and downtown Philadelphia locations.

The work-study program is the cornerstone of Cristo Rey’s educational model, providing students with invaluable work experience in preparation for college, while helping them subsidize a portion of the cost of their private education.

We’re delighted to see the Cristo Rey model paying off for these young scholars!

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