Taylor Porter’s eighth-floor River Terrace atop the downtown Chase North Tower provided the backdrop for Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School’s Talk on the Terrace on Oct. 23.
The event was a celebration of the school’s Corporate Work Study Program. Guests included Cristo Rey board members and leadership, Corporate Work Study Program partners, student ambassadors and East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome as special guest.
“We see this as a way to give back to our community by mentoring students who, without Cristo Rey, would never be afforded this opportunity, Taylor Porter Managing Partner Skip Phillips said. He serves as chairman of the Corporate Work Study Program and has been a part of the school since the program’s inception by hosting students to work in the law firm office.
Under the program, Cristo Rey students work five days a month at Baton Rouge-area businesses to learn corporate skills and professional etiquette as preparation for college education and the workforce. All Cristo Rey students take a full, four-year course load of college preparatory coursework along with participation in the Corporate Work Study Program to fund the majority of their tuition, a news release said.
Cristo Rey currently serves students in grades nine and 10.