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Yazaki Mentoring Starts Early, Welcomes Detroit High School Work Study Students
May 2, 2017

Yazaki has continued to be dedicated to the mentoring and growth of the next generation with the Company’s numerous student programs, which typically partners with local universities. In a partnership with Cristo Rey of Detroit, Yazaki has now opened its doors to high school students.

For the second year, Yazaki has partnered with Cristo Rey High School—a Catholic school with the highest rating among Detroit high schools—to place students as part of their corporate work study program. This program provides the high school students with a real-life work experience as they build on their knowledge, skills, and self-confidence to be successful in higher education and in the workplace.

“Yazaki’s commitment to mentoring the next generation has always been a building block of our success,” said Tanisha Thibodaux, Yazaki’s Senior Talent Attraction Specialist who leads this initiative. “Not only does it allow the students to gain real life experiences that will help them into their futures, it allows our employees to build management and leadership skills by mentoring someone else.”

Detroit’s Cristo Rey High School provides high-quality college preparatory education to students from local economically disadvantaged families. Cristo Rey utilizes a longer school day and year, academic assistance, and counseling to prepare students with a broad range of academic abilities for college. The high school touts an impressive college acceptance rate of 100 percent.

Yazaki is currently hosting two Cristo Rey students at their North American Headquarters in Canton, Michigan.

“Partnering with Cristo Rey is a growth opportunity for Yazaki and the students. Similar to the other student programs, it has been a pleasure to be part of their growth and success,” said Tanisha.

Criso Rey’s work-study program was recently covered in Crain’s Detroit Business. For more information on the program and the students involved, check out their article “On course for college: High school students hold down jobs as part of Cristo Rey work-study program.”

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