“I wanted to take my skills to the next level”

The Hispanic Center or Western Michigan and local banks partnered to provide individuals Banking courses. The Bank Teller Program at the Center provided the education, experience and network for these participants. Rita Hernandez was one of the students who completed the program and now is a full time bank teller at Fifth Third Bank.

For more information CALL US TO (616) 742-0200 EXT: (158) WITH MAYRA FRIAS
(616) 309 8842 OR EMAIL US TO: mfrias@hispanic-center.org

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