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Radnor Company, VWR, Expands Educational Opportunities for City Students

Photo ID (left to right): Dr. Dennis Wint, CEO of the Franklin Institute, Samone P., John McConnell, Founder and President of Cristo Rey Philadelphia, Bob Fabiszewski, Director of the Cristo Rey Work-Study Program, Simon V., George Van Kula, SVP, HR
Photo ID (left to right): Dr. Dennis Wint, CEO of the Franklin Institute, Samone P., John McConnell, Founder and President of Cristo Rey Philadelphia, Bob Fabiszewski, Director of the Cristo Rey Work-Study Program, Simon V., George Van Kula, SVP, HR

Recently Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School students, Simon V. and Samone P., presented a plaque to Dr. Wint, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute, and George Van Kula, SVP, HR and General Counsel of VWR International, LLC, to thank the organizations for providing their Work-Study job placements.

“We are extremely grateful for our jobs, which helps to pay for our education at Cristo Rey and gives us experience in the field of science,” said Simon.

VWR sponsors Simon and Samone’s jobs at The Franklin Institute through the Cristo Rey Work-Study Program.

“We are proud to be able to support both Cristo Rey and the Franklin Institute through this program.  We wanted to provide an opportunity that exposed the students to science in the hope that it would spark a lifelong interest in the field,” shared Van Kula.  “The Franklin Institute is a perfect fit.”

At the Franklin Institute, the students’ job responsibilities include assisting exhibit tours, staffing information booths, and helping guide school field trips, among other tasks.

Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, a co-ed college prep school for grades 9-12, is a much admired, national model of Catholic, college prep education that serves low-income, highly motivated students of all faiths and is successfully operating in 26 schools nationwide. Central to Cristo Rey’s success is the model’s Work-Study Program, in which students work one day per week in mentored, entry-level positions in professional settings.

Local businesses and organizations hire students to do real work for real wages, which offsets the majority of the cost of each student’s education. The work experience helps students develop professional business and social skills, build self-confidence and provides exposure to potential career fields.

 

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