DENVER, Colo. – Goodwill Industries of Denver is excited to announce the U.S. Bank Foundation is supporting the BankWork$™ program with a $20,000 grant. Just three weeks following Goodwill’s second BankWork$™ graduation ceremony on March 2, 14 of the 20 graduates have accepted job offers. That’s a 70% placement rate with the interviewing process still underway for the remaining graduates. Facilitated within Goodwill’s 15509 E. Iliff Avenue location in Aurora, BankWork$™ is a free, eight-week financial services job training program that serves individuals with barriers to employment. BankWork$™ is a national program that began in 2006 and has thousands of graduates now working as bank tellers, customer service representatives and personal bankers at leading financial institutions across the country.
Since its launch in Denver in August 2016, U.S. Bank has hired several BankWork$™ graduates including Mark Peterson. “I couldn’t have landed at a better place than U.S. Bank. The support I’ve gotten here, from my interim managers to my coworkers, has been instrumental in helping me with my career,” said Peterson. “I really love this organization, so wherever my career takes me, I know I’m in the right place.”
“By supporting a program like this it helps us create a pipeline of bankers that will be in the industry and fill not just immediate positions, but expand their careers in the banking industry in general,” said U.S. Bank Colorado Market President Hassan Salem. “We’re able to get some really talented individuals.”
As part of its support, U.S. Bank will visit at least one class each session to provide students with hands-on experience with industry professionals. The bank will also participate in each hiring fair that will follow BankWork$™ graduation ceremonies.