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Saint Viator High School’s Corporate Work Study Program Enters 5th Year

January 24, 2018

Saint Viator senior Daniel Isufi hopes to study business in college and now he knows why.

Daniel Isufi, left, catches up with his bosses from UHY Advisors

Last summer, he spent six weeks working at UHY Advisors, a top accounting, tax and consulting firm in Chicago, as part of Saint Viator High School’s Summer Work Study & Internship Program.

The internship not only immersed Daniel in a business setting, it helped him pay his tuition.

 

“They didn’t just give me busy work to do, but assigned specific tasks and assignments that I would be responsible for completing,” Daniel told a group of prospective business partners. “I had some

Fr. Dan Hall mingles with prospective business partners

familiarity with the terms they were using from a business class I took my junior year.

“However, it wasn’t until this past semester when I took my first accounting class that I realized how much I learned over the summer,” he added. “My classmates would come to me  for help on a regular basis.”

Saint Viator High School’s Corporate Work Study Program was designed to make a Catholic education more affordable for families with limited income. The program places students in entry-level summer jobs at local corporations, where they will earn up to $3,000 toward tuition.

Senior interns gather with Kirsten Nozime, program coordinator

The program began in 2013, through the support of two alumni, Dean Niro ’83 and Andrew Kelleher ’86. What started with three students hosted by their respective law firms, grew last summer to include 17 businesses hosting 18 students. The school hopes to grow the program by 10 new business partners each year.

Brian Liedlich, president of Saint Viator High School, said the program is consistent with a Viatorian education, which offers academic excellence and faith formation, while offering innovations that keep the school relevant.

“This unique combination of classroom and workplace learning,” he said, “prepares our students for success in high school, in college and in the years to come.”

For more information about hosting a student, contact Kirsten Nozime, at: svcwsp@saintviator.com.