"The option of a Catholic education in connection with a structured work study program can make a world of difference for a student, and I have seen the results first hand. At CIBC, we genuinely care about these students, providing them with skills training and coaching so they develop over time and transition from timid freshmen to confident upperclassmen who go on to succeed in college. In some cases, students also remain with us as part time or summer employees. This gives them a great deal of workplace experience, which translates into an advantage when looking for a job after college. Our team members benefit by serving as mentors to these students, with emerging leaders gaining important experience managing others. Supporting the work study model at St. Francis de Sales High School will be an incredibly rewarding experience for employers, and will also bring great opportunities to area young adults who will be well positioned to succeed as the next generation of leaders.”

Beth Witczak, Managing Director and Head of CRA Strategy & Community Impact CIBC

SFDS Class of 1984 and SFDS Work Study Partner

“I remember looking for work opportunities while I was in high school at St Francis de Sales to help with the expense of a private education. Fast forward and in my position today, I couldn’t be more proud to help our young SFDS students who want to advance themselves while getting a good quality education. Here at Apple Chevrolet we commit ourselves to providing a valuable, maybe even life changing, work experience. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to partner with St. Francis de Sales and Big Shoulders Fund and engage students who are on the right path toward personal success. I know from experience what a pleasure it is to work with individuals who truly understand the meaning of hard work and achievement. I believe in the Work Study Program, and I couldn’t be more proud to support and partner with SFDS on their Work Study Program. I am excited to work with students and know in my heart, programs like this are where respect, accountability, and success are born.”

John Alfirevich, Dealer Principal

SFDS Class of 1981 and SFDS Work Study Partner 

“St. Francis de Sales High School has resided in the 10th Ward for nearly 80 years educating students from all economic backgrounds in search of a Catholic Education. St. Francis de Sales complements the other strong schools in our community. I am excited to learn that St. Francis de Sales is considering a Work Study program. Work Study programs benefit both students and businesses. The 10th Ward is a vibrant community and we want St. Francis de Sales to be part of our community for years to come. I encourage businesses and families to learn more about Work Study and share their feedback with the school.”

Susan Sadlowski Garza, 10th Ward Alderwoman