Recap: Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Fifth Third Bank Introduce New Latino Bank Teller Program

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Monday March 28th, The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan introduced their new Latino Bank Teller Training Program in partnership with Fifth Third Bank.

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Eighteen Latinos, ages 18-34 attended a meet and greet held at the Gilette Auditorium in the Fifth Third Center. Hispanic Center Staff, their Board of Directors Chair person, and Fifth Third Bank Staff talked about how this comprehensive training program would integrate and teach technical skills, case management, and supportive services. The training will ensure job placement, retention, and economic advancement. The curriculum, developed by the National Council of La Raza, aims to prepare Latino millennials for jobs in the banking and financial sector. The program graduates will be prepared to secure jobs paying attractive wages, putting them on a path to economic and career advancement.

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After the presentation, there was time for networking.  Questions were answered about the program, about the banking industry, and about each other.  One participant shared how in his current two week career as a security guard he had already received four threats to his life.  He was very excited for the opportunity to participate in the Bank Teller Program and work for Fifth Third Bank.

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The Hispanic Center and Fifth Third Bank staff welcomes the first cohort of the Latino Bank Teller Training Program.  The four week long training sessions will begin on April 11, 2016. We wish all the participants good luck!

For more information, details, or how to become involved in the program please contact

Mayra Frias at 616-742-0200 ext. 158 or email mfrias@hsipanic-center.org.