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

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$™, visit  For more information about AWEE, visit Follow AWEE BankWork$™ online at


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