Genesys Works Adds 13 Leading Houston Businesses to its Impressive List of Partnering Corporations
New Companies Help Genesys Works break through corporate and cultural boundaries to transform the lives of economically challenged youth
HOUSTON (November 13, 2007)
Genesys Works, a Houston-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit has recently added 13 new major corporations as clients who are helping change the lives of inner-city high school students by engaging them to work as professionals providing technical services. Genesys Works is proud to announce their new clients include leading companies in their respective fields: Marathon Oil, JPMorgan Chase, Cooper Industries, Dynegy, Enbridge Energy, EOG Resources, Service Corporation International, Southern Union/Panhandle, Hines, Fullbright & Jaworski, Turner, Collie & Braden, Copano Energy and Morris Architects. Together with their existing clients, Genesys Works is now engaged with most of the Fortune 500 companies located in Houston.
"This phenomenal growth validates the efforts Genesys Works is making to bring the public and private sectors together to significantly impact our current education system, one step at a time," said Rafael Alvarez, Genesys Works founder and president. "Corporations see Genesys Works as the bridge that allows them to get involved in solving existing deficiencies in the education system to secure a future source of well-qualified employees."
Over a span of fourteen months, the Genesys Works program enables students to thrive in the work place as well-rounded professionals while breaking through cultural barriers. In an environment of high expectations, a transformation takes place in the lives of the students when they discover that pursuing a professional career is within reach and the best path to economic security. Students are taught professional and technical skills in information technology, engineering drafting, accounting or customer operations. Then Genesys Works provides them with the opportunity to apply these skills in a fast-paced business environment by working in one of their corporate partners/clients during their senior year in high school.
In 2002, Genesys Works opened its doors with ten students and a single Fortune 500 company as a partner. The program's unique model quickly proved successful at preparing students to meet the challenges of a changing workforce driven by technology. Genesys Works partners with a total of 28 corporations in the Houston area while serving more than 115 students in 2007. By engaging Genesys Works, these companies have an opportunity to demonstrate good corporate citizenship, an increase in productivity, an increase in group morale and a source for future employees.
"Students participating in this program realize through work experience they can thrive in a corporate environment and can achieve a higher standard of living by pursuing a professional career," Rafael added. More than 90 percent of Genesys Works' graduates enroll into college immediately after high school and receive major scholarships with the assistance of the Genesys Works College Connection program.