Before Cristo Rey students join the corporate world, they undergo a three-week training program for their entry-level corporate positions during the summer before they begin school. All students must complete this training to be accepted officially into a Cristo Rey school. Students take courses in 7 Habits for Highly Successful Teens, computer literacy, and remedial math and English. In addition, two courses are offered to develop the students’ soft skills and technical skills.
During their training, students go on a field trip to an outdoor venue that features team building activities like a rope course challenge. Their training culminates with a formal graduation ceremony celebrating the success of the students and their official acceptance to Cristo Rey.
At the end of their training, students will be equipped to:
- perform basic office duties including filing, faxing, copying, and inter-office mail processing tasks
- navigate successfully around, greet and converse with adults in the workplace
- become proactive at work
- have a well-developed understanding of Microsoft Office Suite functions and capabilities
- receive and record phone messages in a professional manner
Just as important, students will grow in their faith and see the potential opportunities that exist for them in the workplace. This, in tandem with their college preparatory education, prepares them to achieve their goals by emulating their supervisors and mentors.