Student Professional Development

Professional Development is a key component of the Corporate Work Study Program. The Program provides initial and ongoing training for all student workers to prepare them for the workplace and equip them with the tools needed for successful placements. In addition, the Program collaborates with the school to conduct Career Days, introducing students to a spectrum of careers they may choose to pursue. 

Summer Business Training

All Freshmen and transfer students participate in a 40-hour training program each summer to complete required Department of Labor training and develop the technical and soft skills required for the workplace.  Instructional topics include: Policies and Procedures; Business Etiquette; Communication; Introduction to Technology/Excel; Initiative; Critical Thinking; and Workplace Safety. Classes are taught by Team Members, Volunteers, Corporate and Community Partners.


Volunteers are needed to help with this year's Summer Business Training, August 9 - 13. See attached form to sign up.

Ongoing Professional Development

Students participate in ongoing professional development throughout the academic year, reinforcing their initial training and further developing their skills to ensure a successful work experience. Students begin the year with a daylong workshop followed by a one hour session each month.  

The 2020/21 academic year has provided a unique opportunity for students to develop their technical skills. CWSP students are participating in a Microsoft Excel initiative, completing coursework preparing them to sit for Microsoft Certification in Excel exam.  Students participate in weekly classes and receive additional tutoring support by volunteers. 

Career Day

Each fall, CWSP collaborates with the school in hosting a Career Day for our students. This event invites professionals from a broad spectrum of industries to meet with students and share information about their careers and professional journeys. Student have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about career fields and the education/training required to succeed.

Welcoming Volunteers

Volunteers provide a key role to the CWSP success in developing our students professionally for the workplace. Here are some of the ways to get involved:  

  • Summer Business Training.   
    • Assist the CWSP team with planning and implementing training logistics
    • Teach one of the many classes that take place over 40 hours
  • Ongoing Professional Development
    • Conduct a workshop for our students
    • Provide coaching/mentoring to our students
  • Career Day
    • Participate as a presenter
    • Invite your company to send additional professionals to speak

If you would like to learn more about volunteering and/or involving your company, please contact Dalia Bagdonas Rocotello at 773-413-3544 or

Thank you to the many individuals and companies who have volunteered at past Corporate Work Study Program Training sessions or at our annual Career Day!