St. Francis de Sales continues to move forward on the Work Study Initiative. Below is a summary of our work to date. If you have an questions, please reach out to Principal John Kimec at 773-731-7272.
A committee including representatives from St. Francis de Sales High School, Big Shoulders Fund and the Archdiocese of Chicago have diligently worked over the last year to evaluate the potential for a Work Study program at St. Francis de Sales High School.
The committee put together a feasibility study summarizing the year of work and the findings. Feedback has been very positive from current students and families, prospects and the community and there has been strong interest and commitments from potential employers to support a Work Study program at St. Francis de Sales High School. The findings from the feasibility study were shared with decision makers at the Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago and with Big Shoulders Fund.
Based on the study, including the support of employers and the community, the Office of Catholic Schools and Big Shoulders Fund are supportive of moving forward in the Work Study planning process to establish a relationship with an independent entity that will operate and manage the Work Study program at St. Francis de Sales. Once this happens, the Archdiocese and Big Shoulders expect to begin steps toward full implementation. The school plans to announce next steps this spring and to commence a Work Study program at St. Francis de Sales in the fall of 2020.