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Catholic Prep Chain Helps Detroit’s Minority Students Go On To College

See, Longoria, who is 17 years old, goes to Cristo Rey. It’s a college prep Catholic high school in Detroit. There are 26 of these schools across the country. The schools are specifically for low-income kids – the vast majority of whom are either Hispanic like Longoria or black. One day a week, beginning as freshmen, the students go to work – not for McDonald’s or a corner gas station. Instead, the students work for a law firm, say, or the IT department at Chrysler – jobs that pay well and require a college degree. The company’s, in turn, agree to pay most of the students’ tuition.