ATLANTA (October 25, 2021) – Smith Gambrell Russell (SGR) is pleased to announce its partnership with Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School’s Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) for the 2021-2022 school year. This is the seventh year SGR has served as a Job Partner with the program which helps students envision a future that includes a college degree and a successful professional career and equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to realize that vision. SGR is one of 125 companies serving as a Cristo Rey Atlanta Job Partner through the program, which welcomed its first class in 2014. Additionally, Stephen Forte, SGR Chairman and Managing Partner, was appointed to Cristo Rey Atlanta’s Board of Trustees during the annual Board Retreat and Meeting held in May.
Through the innovative CWSP, students work five full days a month at top local businesses, called Job Partners, in a job share with three other students. Announced at a “Draft Day” event, students are assigned to their job sites by the CWSP staff at the start of each school year, with consideration to students’ particular interests and skills, and the requirements of the Job Partner. At SGR the students have exposure to attorneys and also the administrative side of a law firm including marketing, recruiting, accounting, information technology, records, and the library.
The earnings from the job share pay for a large percentage of each student’s tuition costs, giving them access to a rigorous, quality college preparatory education that otherwise would be too expensive. Cristo Rey students also gain valuable real-world job skills, contacts, and experience through this program, and go on to college in record numbers, in large part because of their early exposure to the working world.
Cristo Rey Atlanta welcomed its first freshman class of 160 students in August 2014, and those students became the first graduating class in May 2018. The four-year high school has grown to capacity with 515 students in grades 9-12.
About Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School
Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means, of any faith or creed, to become men and women for and with others. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience, students graduate prepared for college and life. Cristo Rey Atlanta is located at 222 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, and is part of the Cristo Rey Network®. Visit www.cristoreyatlanta.org for more information.
About the Cristo Rey Network®
The Cristo Rey Network is the only network of high schools in the country that integrate four years of rigorous college preparatory academics with four years of professional work experience through the Corporate Work Study Program. Comprised of 38 Catholic, career focused, college preparatory schools, the Cristo Rey Network delivers a powerful and innovative approach to education that equips students from families of limited economic means with the knowledge, character, and skills to achieve their aspirations. Learn more at www.cristoreynetwork.org.
About Smith Gambrell Russell
SGR is a full service, international law firm that advises regional, national and global businesses on a wide range of legal matters. The firm’s 250 attorneys provide legal counsel in more than 45 specialized practice areas, including corporate transactions, litigation, intellectual property, aviation, banking, real estate, construction, employment law, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Founded in 1893, SGR has offices in Atlanta, Austin, Jacksonville, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, New York, Southampton, and Washington, D.C.