LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College has announced a new partnership with the Cristo Rey Network (CRN), a national network of Catholic college-preparatory high schools.
As a Cristo Rey University Partner, SVC will actively share Cristo Rey’s goal of supporting outstanding postsecondary outcomes for highly motivated and well-prepared Cristo Rey alumni, helping to advance the Cristo Rey mission of “transforming urban America one student at a time.”
“We are proud to enter into this partnership with the Cristo Rey Network,” said Father Paul Taylor, O.S.B., Saint Vincent College president. “The Cristo Rey Network schools have a proven track record in providing a high-quality, affordable, Catholic education that sets their students up for success. This mirrors our mission at Saint Vincent College. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring that each and every student succeeds and receives a transformational experience while preparing for successful, meaningful lives of leadership.”
“Saint Vincent College’s dedication to faith, emphasis on providing a superior undergraduate and graduate education and understanding the full spectrum of support needed to prepare students to and through college truly aligns with our core values,” stated Stephanie Arias, director of college initiatives at Cristo Rey network. “We are thrilled about what the class of 2021 can achieve at Saint Vincent College.”
The Cristo Rey Network of 37 high schools delivers a career-focused, college preparatory education in the Catholic tradition for students with limited economic resources, uniquely integrating rigorous academic curricula with four years of professional work experience and support to and through college. Cristo Rey partners with educators, businesses and communities to enable students to fulfill their aspirations for a lifetime of success as its students are three times more likely to complete a bachelor’s degree by the age of 24 compared to the total U.S. low-income population.
Pioneered more than a decade ago, the University Partnership program was established as a collaborative platform for colleges and universities that demonstrate an informed appreciation of Cristo Rey graduates. These colleges and universities also share a commitment to educating and supporting students with limited economic means, many of whom are first-generation college students and/or students of color.
“In entering this exciting partnership with the Cristo Rey Network,” said Heather Kabala, Saint Vincent College dean of admission, “Saint Vincent College strengthens its commitment to educating first-generation students. We look forward to welcoming Cristo Rey graduates into our community and supporting them as they continue their educational journey.”