October 20, 2014

NSBR, Cristo Rey host Corporate Work-Study Breakfast

Baton Rouge, LA. – Jennifer Eplett Reilly, New Schools for Baton Rouge (NSBR) Board Chair, and Matt McKay, President and CEO of All Star Automotive Group, hosted a breakfast today to engage business leaders on the opportunity for corporate work study partnerships with Cristo Rey Baton Rouge High School, a new school opening in fall 2016 to serve students eligible for tuition scholarships. All-Star Automotive Group and Lamar Advertising have agreed to sponsor the first two job opportunities for the school, which will ultimately seek more than 35 job sponsor partners for its students.“Cristo Rey has a record of success with providing low-income students a rigorous college preparatory academic program coupled with real-world work experience,” said Chris Meyer, President and CEO of NSBR. “We are fortunate to have an innovative school like Cristo Rey considering Baton Rouge and a business community ready to support this excellent new school option.” To date, NSBR has helped raise $875,000 of a $2.5 million goal to open Cristo Rey Baton Rouge.“All–Star Automotive Group is pleased to partner with Cristo Rey by providing an entry-level, corporate job opportunity for a team of students seeking a quality education at Cristo Rey,” said McKay. “I am especially pleased to be able to work with New Schools for Baton Rouge to provide students with the opportunity to reach and realize their goals.”“This school would be different from existing educational opportunities in our city, and I have seen and expect continued strong support from both community and business leaders as we move toward our anticipated Fall 2016 opening,” said Dr. James Llorens, chair of the feasibility committee for Cristo Rey Baton Rouge.In the Cristo Rey model students participate in both a rigorous college preparatory education as well as a corporate work-study program. Local businesses sponsor a team of four students who share the full-time job by working one full day each week at the business. The job salary is paid to the high school to help offset tuition costs for students. The jobs provide students with hands on experience to prepare them for future careers.About New Schools for Baton RougeNew Schools for Baton Rouge (NSBR) is a community partnership bringing together talent and resources to deliver excellent schools to students and families in Baton Rouge. Its mission is to ensure that every child in Baton Rouge has access to an excellent school. By 2017, NSBR will improve educational outcomes for 12,000 students in the city’s highest-need neighborhoods.

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