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BankWork$ Graduation Ceremony - May 4, 2022
Congratulations to our Spring 2022 BankWork$ graduates from Fremont and Oakland! Our 16 graduates began the program in early March and worked hard over the course of 8 weeks to learn the fundamentals of banking and professionalism. They are now ready to go out there and get a lasting, successful career in the financial services industry. We just held a celebration for them on May 10th, and our bank partners joined us afterwards for a hiring event.
They have proven themselves to be dedicated, driven, and exceptionally talented, and we look forward to seeing all that they accomplish. Look forward to seeing them at your local bank and credit union branches!
The Students Were Enthusiastic!
Special thanks to our bank partners:
Bank of the West
Provident Credit Union
State Bank of India
BankWork$ Grads Ready for Business
Comerica Customer Service Representative
Jessica Ramirez-Jefferson never saw herself having the right experience to work in a bank. After many years in the restaurant industry, she thought a banking career was out of reach, even as she wanted the stability that a career in financial services would offer.
She jumped at the chance, and started the free class that fall. For Jessica, the most impactful takeaway from BankWork$ was “a greater sense of self-encouragement,” she says. “I learned more about my strengths and weaknesses, and because everyone encouraged each other we quickly became a family. I was so surprised to see myself succeed.” A bi-lingual speaker fluent in English and Spanish, Jessica was particularly impressed by the diversity of her class, and noticed that “within our class, we had people who spoke eight different languages.”
Her instructor, Michelle Branner, praises Jessica as “a model student. She came to class every day motivated to learn more. Her personal strength not only empowered her, but it also inspired others to achieve greatness. It was a pleasure to have her in class.”
Like all graduates of a CareerWork$ program, Jessica attended a hiring fair with employer partners in her area immediately after her graduation ceremony. She was hired by Comerica Bank, and in her new role as a Customer Service Representative, she has felt fully equipped to handle her responsibilities.
Jessica was moved by how much the program and her instructor embraced and accepted her. “It touches my heart that they look for people like me, and gave me that push-up to help me. That I found the class makes me so grateful. When people care enough to make the world a better place, it’s a beautiful thing.”
Jessica is thriving in her new career. “I open the bank myself; I do dual control [transactions requiring a greater level of approval], I’m meeting clients, I do it all.” Working with customers with disabilities has been a special highlight for her: “I’ve made great connections with a customer who has a service dog named Molly, who always comes right to my window to greet me!” Jessica looks forward to advancing in her career, and hopes to eventually move into the mortgage and loans department.
To anyone thinking about signing up for BankWork$, Jessica says “try it out and see if you like it! You won’t know until you try. If you’re ready to find out who you really are, this class will help you get there. It definitely inspired me to go further in my career. I’m so honored to be part of a program that wants better for people in the world.”