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Saint Martin de Porres High School Work-Study Program

Positioning area high school students for professional success

Tucker Ellis participates in the Corporate Work-Study Program with Saint Martin de Porres High School, a Cristo Rey Network School in Cleveland.

St. Martin de Porres student intern Airam Claudio with work-study program leader Gene Killeen in October 2023.

Cristo Rey is the largest network of urban high schools in the country enrolling only low-income youth. Their innovative work-study program allows students to invest in their education, with students’ earnings offsetting more than 50% of the cost of tuition.

At Tucker Ellis, Saint Martin students participate in job-sharing teams composed of multiple students with rotating office schedules over the summer and/or during the fall semester. Working primarily in our Records Department, students learn administrative skills by working on computers, filing, indexing, archiving files, corresponding to emails, delivering documents to attorneys, and completing other tasks as assigned. Because most students who work with us have no previous professional services experience, our attorneys and other legal professionals instill in them the importance of relationship-building and other life and career skills that they’ll need to compete in the job market after graduation.

At the end of the program, students are evaluated on their progress, with program leaders assessing their strengths as well as areas for improvement – all with the goal of introducing students to office life and the various skills that will help them succeed in the future.

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