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FAQs for Corporate Partners

Yes. De La Salle North Catholic High School’s Corporate Work Study program (CWS) trains students in areas that include:

  • Basic computer skills and Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Customer service skills
  • Standard office equipment training
  • Office etiquette
  • Dress for success
  • Positive first impressions in the workplace
  • Phone skills
  • Filing and document processing
  • Confidentiality & ethics in the workplace
  • Workplace safety
  • Team Building

The three biggest responsibilities are:

  • Provide a positive working environment for the student
  • Provide a supervisor(s) who believes in the program and the success of De La Salle North Catholic  students
  • Provide meaningful work for the students and explain to them the importance of their role

If there ever is an issue with a student at the workplace, we recommend you deal with that student directly as you would any employee. You also can notify your coordinator in the CWS Office for support.

There are many reasons to participate:

  • Be part of an innovative solution to the daunting education challenges that our society faces
  • Enhance diversity, drive productivity, and reduce employee “burnout” from repetitive clerical assignments, by filling entry-level jobs with capable, enthusiastic young people 
  • Reduce costs--outsourcing a job to DLSNC costs less than hiring a single full-time employee
  • Use a reliable staffing alternative--CWS provides transportation, screening, support, and training
  • Generate higher job satisfaction--people appreciate making a difference in the lives of others and value working for a company that supports helping others, especially those who will be Portland's future
  • Groom members of our future workforce--create relationships with a diverse student population that may become employees, clients, suppliers, and friends
  • Provide greater potential for keeping a highly educated, productive workforce in Oregon after college
  • Generates community awareness and stability by creating productive futures for the underserved youth of the Portland metropolitan area
  • Work with a “turn-key” program that operates in a business-like fashion, making participation easy

Every student will receive a grade and one academic credit for the Corporate Work Study program. CWS staff members monitor student performance through daily time cards that students and supervisors complete. Every student is evaluated on his/her performance twice during the school year.  Although it rarely happens, students can be replaced if there are any serious issues or if work performance does not meet expectations.

This is a very common question--you are not alone!  A CWS staff member is assigned as your corporate relations coordinator to work with you to navigate any issues that arise. They are always available to work with you in sharing tips for nervous supervisors and resolving any challenges. All supervisors are strongly encouraged to attend a morning of orientation at the DLSNC campus prior to the start of the school year. In addition, support resources and best practices events are available to your staff during the school year.

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