Giving high school students real world business experience in the architectural and engineering industry
Every year, our Dallas office welcome students from Cristo Rey Dallas College Preparatory, a private, independent Catholic high school in a large underserved neighborhood. At Cristo Rey Dallas, 95 percent of its students will be the first in their families to go to college. The school is part of a larger Cristo Rey network of 33 schools in 22 states and provides a rigorous college prep curriculum with a unique-work study program, in which students earn 65 percent of the cost of education by working as interns. This spring and summer two of our Cristo Rey interns celebrated big accomplishments.
Julian Cardoso has been working at Page for three years and it is his dream to eventually become an architect. He was accepted to a 6-week summer program at Cornell University’s Department of Architecture and will return to Page afterward. Kate Calvo worked with us for two years and now is off to college, the first member of her family to go.
As one of a number of Dallas employers participating in the Job Partner Program, we support Cristo Rey students on their journeys through high school and helping to propel them on to college. Students are given opportunities to work with professionals in our design and engineering studios as well as our marketing and human resources teams. For many of the students, the internship is the first time they have ever stepped into a professional environment.
"My main goal, when I started my experience at Page was to learn as much as I could about architecture,” explains Julian. “However, through amazing mentors, I was able to learn much more than just architecture: I learned professional skills that have prepared me not only for college but also for future jobs. Thanks to Page I will continue to grow as a future architect!"
Kate credits Page's collaboration with Cristo Rey Dallas for providing a springboard for her journey to Saint Louis University. "Without this intern program at Page I would not be where I am now," explains Kate. "Not many high schoolers can say that they work at in architecture firm and because I have been given this opportunity, I feel ready to step out into the real world."
We’re thrilled for both Julian and Kate and very proud to have had them as members of our team.