Nicholas Cardenas and Eddie Perez, two students at Verbum Dei High School in Watts, both make the 26-mile drive to the Foothills five days a month.
Cardenas works at the Allen Lund Company and Perez works at Bob Smith Toyota, thanks to their school's corporate work-study program.
"I know a lot of students would agree — the main reason I came to Verbum Dei was for the corporate work-study program," said Nicholas, a 17-year old senior.
Verbum Dei is an all-boys' college and preparatory school. The school's main goal is for all its students to go on to college. The school boasts a 100% matriculation rate, with 70% percent of its students going on to four-year universities while 30% enroll in community colleges.
"It's important in this community because these kids typically stay in the community they're raised in," said Paul Hosch, Verbum Dei's vice president of advancement. "If these kids are coming up and aren't successful, this community is never going to be anything, so we have to get these kids to go to college."