Marygrove College Begins Second Year Partnership With Cristo Rey High School

Detroit, Michigan, UNITED STATES

DETROIT, Sept. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As the Fall Semester gets underway, Marygrove College is happy to announce that it will continue the success of last year's Corporate Work Study Program, giving Detroit Cristo Rey High School seniors the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and get a head start on their college education.

"The Corporate Work Study Program is the most distinctive feature of the Cristo Rey concept, complementing the school's academic program with one day per week of real-life work experience in many of the finest businesses and organizations in metro Detroit," said Cristo Rey President, Michael Khoury. "The Corporate Partners are a vital part of this unique academic approach, allowing the school to make a faith-based, student-centered education available at a very affordable cost while equipping the students for personal and professional success."

The work study program is just one component of Marygrove's relationships with Cristo Rey. In January, Cristo's Rey's senior class will come to Marygrove every Monday through Thursday, where they will join Marygrove students and professors in the classroom, and have the opportunity to earn college credits for free.

This dual-enrollment program is a cost-effective way to earn college credit while still in high school, but Marygrove and Detroit Cristo Rey have an innovative approach to the current paradigm. Unlike many dual-enrollment programs popular around the nation, this one is much more than a rudimentary introduction to college life, or a way for students to pile up credits. Marygrove's program is an immersive experience, one that exposes students to a wide range of college subjects throughout the semester, and gives students the opportunity to learn in an intimate educational environment with a variety of college faculty. Through this experience, students are given a head start that will enhance their academic performance.

So what was the impetus for this program? And what motivates Marygrove College to allow high school students the opportunity to earn college credits for free? "As I see it," said Marygrove's Interim President James F. Birge, "our institution and the city of Detroit are inextricably linked. As an anchor institution in Detroit's Northwest Corridor, I believe that Marygrove College is obliged—indeed, we are mandated by the founding principles of this institution—to do everything in our power to ensure that our city, its communities, its schools, and its children succeed."


Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College's commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

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