De La Salle North Catholic senior Lien Nguyen works remotely on schoolwork. This year the high school’s cooperate work study program will begin with a virtual format. (Courtesy De La Salle North Catholic High School)
De La Salle North Catholic senior Lien Nguyen works remotely on schoolwork. This year the high school’s cooperate work study program will begin with a virtual format. (Courtesy De La Salle North Catholic High School)

As classroom learning has pivoted to a virtual platform, so has De La Salle North Catholic’s corporate work study program.

“We are thankful for the support of our work study partners who have stayed with us during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said school leaders in a press release. “As companies throughout our city adapt to their own virtual work environments, we are particularly excited about our nine new partners who have signed up during the pandemic.”

The new partners of the Portland high school are:

— Mackenzie Architecture, the first new partner of the 2020-21 school year. 

— Verde, pursuing environmental wealth through social enterprise, outreach and advocacy, located in the Cully neighborhood where the new De La Salle campus is being built. 

— Killian Pacific and Turner Construction, together allowing student workers to see the design of buildings from architectural drawings through completed construction. 

— Shiels Obletz Johnsen, a project management consultancy that became a partner after working with De La Salle on its new campus.

— NorthWest Engineering Service Inc., which joined recently after hearing about the cooperate work study program from Shiels Obletz Johnsen.

— Cresa, a real estate company. The partnership was forged by a longtime De La Salle ambassador board member, Blake St. Onge.

— Kairos PDX, a school serving underserved students. 

— Grovemade, a locally owned custom furniture company that sees the corporate work study program as a way of making a difference in their community.

— The Standard, an insurance company, returning after being a longtime partner for many years.

The cooperate work study program will start the year virtually, with corporate partners hosting virtual meet and greets for students each Wednesday.

De La Salle hopes to move into a hybrid model at the end of the first term with students working remotely from De La Salle and/or in partners’ offices. The end goal is for students to return to traditional corporate work study programming, working five days a month in partner offices.

“Our new partners are helping us envision the Catholic work study program of the future, which may include remote work,” said school leaders.

 

Learn more

To find out about becoming a corporate partner, email Lisa Creamer, director of corporate relations, at lcreamer@dlsnc.org.