AWEE Bankworks class prepares workers for finance careers

Applications are being accepted for the next AWEE BankWork$ class, a partnership with Arizona Women’s Education and Employment to prepare workers for careers in the financial services industry.

Class members in the first BankWork$ session. (Steve Carr photo)

Class members in the first BankWork$ session. (Steve Carr photo)

The first class of 13 women and men from across the Valley graduated earlier this month.

AWEE BankWork$ classes run for eight weeks and provide training in skills for tellers, customer service representatives and personal bankers. The course culminates in a graduation and job fair with local banking partners, giving graduates the opportunity to interview for jobs immediately.

AWEE BankWork$ also offers resume building, job interview practice, job placement assistance and ongoing coaching and mentoring to help with career advancement.

Participants must be 18 years or older, have a high school diploma or GED, be fluent in written and spoken English, have basic computer skills and no adult felony convictions.

For information and to apply, call 602-223-4349 or visit bankworks@awee.org.

BankWork$ launched in 2006 in Los Angeles and currently places about 200 graduates each year. By 2019, BankWork$ will be operating in 15 or more cities nationwide.

Its $4-million national expansion is funded by Bank of America, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo, which have each pledged $1 million over five years to support the rollout, and by The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, which founded the program and has also pledged $1 million.

Since its launch, BankWork$ has successfully placed more than 800 graduates who were hired by banks and other financial institutions.

For more information about BankWork$™, visit www.bankworks.org.  For more information about AWEE, visit www.awee.org. Follow AWEE BankWork$™ online at facebook.com/aweebankworks.

 

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.