WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Tough circumstances at home don't stop the students at "Don Bosco Christo Rey High School" from achieving their dreams.
The small Catholic school in Washington DC partners with major international corporations to give these teens a private school education and experience in the work force while they study for their diploma.
The Howrey Law firm pays up to 60 percent of the tuition for the 8 students who work their office.
And while they are on the job these teens are not just answering phones!
Gabriel Larios says, "I fix Blackberrys, I work on re-imaging computers."
Marie Anderson is the middle child, one of 7 kids: "Usually I work on spreadsheets, excel files."
Father Steve Shaffran says getting the respect of professionals in the real world goes a long way for Don Bosco students. "It gives them confidence and motivation to bring it back to the classroom, of now I could be a CEO, I could be a manager, I want to do well, now I know why I have to study math."
A large percentage of the graduates of DBCR, High School attend four year colleges, despite coming from low income, single parent homes in many cases. How COOL is that!
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Written by Mike Hydeck
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