July 5, 2013 - The world already knows that JVS BankWork$™ is a training program that shines. For those who don’t know – or those who periodically forget – JVSWorks is more than happy to publish frequent reminders. Every time we have a graduation, a group of jazzed-up, new would-be bank tellers get their certificate, pose for a few pictures, funnel into a room filled with recruiters from partnering banks and start down the road of their new life in the finance industry. Most of them have come through some serious barriers to reach this goal, and – as long as they’re qualified - the training doesn’t cost them a dime.
These graduates tell us how happy and grateful they are. Sometimes our alumni even come back to talk to new graduates. At our most recent graduation, Alicia Robinson, who celebrated her one year anniversary working at Wells Fargo, listed her BankWork$™ graduation as a career and life-shaping milestone right up there with getting married and having a child.
27 graduates heard Robinson’s remarks at that recent June graduation, one of whom had been trying for three years to get into BankWork$™. Including those 27 new graduates, BankWork$™ has produced more than 650 graduates in the program’s six year history and placed more than 500 of them in jobs with our partnering financial institutions. Many of these graduates have overcome huge obstacles in their lives to reach this plateau.
The timing couldn’t have been more fitting. A couple of hours later, JVS’ BankWork$™ was awarded the Project Collaboration Award at the 2013 Los Angeles Business Journal's Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards. The Project Collaboration Award "recognizes a collaborative project that encompasses involvement of multiple stakeholders in the community, engagement of the community being served and innovation in approaching a community problem of issue."
BankWork$™ is nothing if not collaborative. We have nearly a dozen partnering banks and financial institutions as well as the state Employee Training Panel and a patron saint of financial training, Les Biller of the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation who hope to take this program across the country.
And now we have a new award for the trophy case.