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20 high school students get first-hand work experience at Rogers

11/15/17 04:29:pm

Rogers often reaches out and gets involved in community activities throughout the year, but sometimes we also like to bring the community to us. Such is the case with the work study program at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, which Rogers participates in.

The school’s work study program helps provide education to students with limited financial means. As part of the program, each student works five days a month throughout the school year at a Milwaukee-area business in an entry-level job. This year, 60 area businesses participated, including Rogers–Brown Deer and Rogers’ offices on Executive Drive in Oconomowoc.

Students create resumes that describe their interests and work history, ensuring that they can be matched to a business that is a good fit for them, says Carole Carter, academic and community engagement liaison for Rogers Behavioral Health.

A special draft-day was held at the Bradley Center in August to celebrate the program and let students know where they would be assigned. Rogers welcomed 20 student workers, the most of any business this year. The students posed with Adam El-Ali, vice president of electronic health record and revenue cycle optimization, and Anne Ballentine, vice president of marketing and communications.

“It was a really special day and we gave the students Rogers hats and T-shirts with their graduation dates on the back,” Carole says.

Not only are outreach efforts like this an introduction to mental healthcare for some, but this program also helps students look to the future.

“Programs and outreach efforts like Cristo Rey are so important to the Greater Milwaukee community because students can connect the relevance of their academic coursework to future employment, and receive unprecedented access to the professional world,” she says.  

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