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One of the most important focus areas for our community is growing our regional workforce. Time and time again, this issue is brought up whenever an organization is talking about economic development, attracting new or expanding existing businesses. Accomplishing this goal requires a strong partnership between education and the business community to prepare our youth for the job opportunities that are there today as well as those that will be created tomorrow. Cristo Rey is a high school uniquely positioned to help our community achieve this goal.

Our students truly represent the diverse workforce needed to propel our region forward, desiring the opportunity to show what they can accomplish if given the chance and driven to succeed in both their education and work endeavors. While our teachers provide our students with a curriculum focused on preparing them for college, full success cannot be achieved without investment from our business community, providing critical Work Study experience to prepare our students for life after their education journey.

Cristo Rey is pleased to have over 100 local businesses and community organizations partnering with our Work Study program. They are investing in our region's success by offering opportunities for Cristo Rey students to learn what it means to be a successful employee, to have an impact on a company's bottom line, and to be inspired to dream of running their own future business within the Greater Sacramento region.

We are happy that you have taken the time to visit our website and learn more about the magic that is Cristo Rey. We invite you to join the many businesses that are a part of the Cristo Rey family, moving our region forward by ensuring we have a well-educated, locally grown workforce that enables our community to compete in today's global economy.

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CRHSS Work-Study, Inc. is a 509(a)3 public benefit corporation Tax I.D. #41-2191660

Meet the Team

Debbie Woodsford

Debbie Woodsford

Director of Work-Study Program
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A graduate of Heald Business College, I earned my degree in Business and Computer Science in 1982. I worked in the technological world of Silicon Valley for many years following my graduation before moving to Sacramento. Upon my arrival in Sacramento, I began my nonprofit career work at Jesuit High School and from there moved to Christian Brothers High School until I finally found my way to Cristo Rey High School. When I originally joined Cristo Rey in 2010, I served as the Executive Assistant to the President and Development Coordinator. After taking a 2 year hiatus from the school in 2015, I am back and looking forward to my new position as the Work-Study Program Director. I am extremely excited to have this opportunity to work more closely with our Work-Study partners and most especially with the students. I am committed to strengthening the Work-Study department and look forward to learning how to better serve our sponsors, our community and most importantly, our students.  I am absolutely thrilled to once again be a part of the CRHSS team! 

Daniel Laciste

Daniel Laciste

Work Study Program Coordinator
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I am an alumnus of Cristo Rey as part of the class of 2014. As a student, I made the Dean’s Honors list while playing football under Coach Macias and basketball under Coach Lynn. Following graduation, I attended Cosumnes River College, but dropped out after less than a year. After two years, I re-enrolled at Folsom Lake College where I completed my Associate's in Business. I transferred to Sacramento State University where I achieved academic honors (Cum Lade) for my degree in Business Administration with three concentrations: Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and International Business. My resume now includes experiences with healthcare, internet technology, mental health, and hospitality. I look forward to coming back and contributing to programs that made me who I am today.

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Work Study Program Coordinator
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My name is Elizabeth Rodriguez, and I am a Cristo Rey High School alumna from the graduating class of 2014. I attended both Sacramento City College and Cosumnes River College to further my pursuit of Journalism Studies and have been a part of the college paper for both facilities, as a writer and an Editor-in-Chief. As my next plan of attack, I am focused on applying for the mortuary program at American River College, but in the meantime, I am focused on broadening my horizons on the work front. I have always enjoyed working with youths, from assisting my brother over at the Boys and Girls Club to the early beginning of my own participation in the Work Study Program at St. John’s Shelter for Real Change many moons ago. I have a passion for art and history, as well as reading and video game/animation media. To come back to the school that started it all is an incredible opportunity, so I look forward to returning with the knowledge that I will be assisting the next cycle of soon-to-be graduates with new memories and perspectives.