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Become a Corporate Work Study Partner

Invest in Today's Workforce Solution and Portland's Future Leaders!

Corporate Work Study Partners invest in the development of a diverse workforce and in our students’ futures, building qualified and talented future leadership within their industry, while providing pathways to diversity and removing institutional barriers. Our students work five days per month at various companies around the Portland metro area. Not only do students learn important life skills and build valuable business relationships to carry with them through college and beyond, but their work offsets approximately half their tuition.

We are always recruiting for new Corporate Partners for the upcoming school year, especially during the months of January through May. If you would like additional information on how you can partner with De La Salle North Catholic High School’s Corporate Work Study program, please contact:

Noah Wagemann
Business Development Manager
(971) 429-0060
nwagemann@dlsnc.org

Ways to Partner with De La Salle North Catholic

On-Site Team
Four students at work, in the office

Off-Site Team (Remote from DLSNC Campus)
Four students work virtually from the CWS Work Suite on-campus, supervised by CWS Staff and, virtually, by Partner supervisors

 

Student Worker Sponsorship
Underwriting of a full team of student workers for placement with an NPO by means of a tax-deductible contribution to DLSNC

Please read the letter below from Oregon Health & Science University Health CEO, Dr. John Hunter in support of our Corporate Work Study program, outlining OHSU’s longterm involvement with DLSNC and his encouragement to other companies to consider hiring De La Salle North Catholic students.

Dec. 18, 2023

To Whom It May Concern,

With this letter I offer my wholehearted endorsement of De La Salle North Catholic High School’s Corporate Work Study program. De La Salle has a powerful and innovative educational model with this program, and OHSU is proud to have been actively involved for 17 years!

What exactly is Corporate Work Study, and why does OHSU participate? Five days per month during the school year, talented and curious high school students come to OHSU, ready to contribute to our workplaces, including Surgical Oncology, Women’s Health, and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Many are interested in medical careers, and all are willing and capable. OHSU’s continuing involvement with this program is a testament to the meaningful difference these young people make in our work output and environment.

OHSU supervisors gain new skills in managing and mentoring the next generation, and the rewards are vast in supporting these students as they gain experience and confidence. It is no wonder DLSNC students demonstrate unusual maturity for their age. They balance a rigorous academic program four days a week and professional learning and accomplishment once a week, which is a lot to take on as a teenager. OHSU’s participation in this program is a small but vital contribution to the building of Portland’s future workforce, and, as one of this city’s largest employers, we find significant meaning in this role.

We’ve been extremely fortunate to have De La Salle students work with us while in their teens and then go on to fill full-time positions. For instance, Jonna Frater was with us during her junior and senior years of high school starting in 2004 and has worked full-time through gradually more senior roles for OHSU since 2010. Jonna, now our Program Manager for Supplier Diversity, knows that her two years with us during high school made her “a real contender right out of college” because she had “a network of people to reach out to that already knew her.” Melissa Preciso-Temple, Interim Director of Ambulatory Care Services, has been a vital member of that department since her sophomore year of high school in 2005. The close relationships she developed with two mentors she met as a 15-year-old have helped shape her OSHU career path, and, in recent years, she has had the opportunity to mentor DLSNC students herself. That’s a remarkable full-circle benefit for all involved that would not have been possible without the transformative Corporate Work Study program!

I have no reservations in recommending De La Salle’s Corporate Work Study program to you. Saying yes to this opportunity is a way to support Portland’s future leaders while expanding your company’s talent pipeline. OHSU’s participation has had long-term value and impact on me, my staff, and our many student associates over nearly two decades. Our organization is undoubtedly more prosperous and diverse due to OHSU's saying yes to De La Salle in 2004.

Sincerely,
John Hunter, M.D., FACS
Executive Vice President, OHSU
CEO, OHSU Health

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