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WJC Initiative Open to EDC Members

October 2018

William Jewell College is launching a partnership with Cristo Rey Kansas City to address needs for Northland economic development and assist the college in growing and diversifying its student population. EDC members are invited to a meeting on the plan Thursday, Oct. 4.

Cristo Rey Kansas City works with businesses throughout the metro to place their students in work-study positions. Students work for the four years that they are in high school with the aim of becoming employed full time in the future. Cristo Rey provides all transportation and is careful to match students with positions that are a good fit for their skills and interests.

Businesses who participate pay $7,000 in work-study fees to Cristo Rey in return for a guaranteed, well-prepared student worker.

Jewell and Cristo Rey are joining forces to create a pathway for these students to stay in the Northland during college and become employed full time after graduation. The college wants to work with Northland businesses to maintain the $7,000 work-study fee through the students’ four years of college at Jewell. This would likely become an annual scholarship named for the local business supporting each student. William Jewell then would work with the student to guarantee that the student commits to a certain number of years to his or her employer after graduation.

Ted Koppen, director, Corporate Work Study Program at Cristo Rey, and William Jewell College President Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, Ph.D. will provide an overview of this proposed partnership on Thursday, Oct. 4 from noon-1:30 in the Yates-Gill College Union, room 221. Lunch will be provided. All LEDC and CCEDC members are encouraged to attend.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Dayna Beinke,, by Friday, Sept. 28.

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