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September 2021
BankWork$® Graduate Ashley Yates Builds A New Career in Financial Services with Wells Fargo

After feeling stuck in a career in retail, today Ashley is thriving in a career in financial services in her role as a Teller at BankWork$ employer partner Wells Fargo in Los Angeles, California. 

“BankWork$ really changed the personal and professional direction of my life.”  

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March 2021, ABC Denver 7
Goodwill Industries providing jobs, training for thousands of Americans

Kittrell is transitioning to another industry after receiving training through Goodwill’s BankWork$ program, one of the nonprofit’s many job training and support programs.

May 2020, Daily Independent, Peoria, AZ
Work$ Ready’ program opening in Valley to help displaced workers

Work$ Ready was developed by CareerWork$ and will focus on general job-readiness skills, including professional presence, resume writing and interviewing as well as soft skills needed to land a job. Classes will be live streamed by experienced workforce instructors.

February 2020, Mountlake Terrace News
BankWork$ program offers free training for bank-related jobs

A free program in Snohomish County that provides training for bank-related jobs, such as teller, customer service representative or personal banker, in eight weeks.

July 2019, 4 CBS Denver
Goodwill Industries of Denver Offers Pathways to Employment in Banking

October 2018, Milwaukee Business Journal
BankWork$ Partners With Employ Milwaukee on Vocational Training Program

A new partnership will bring will bring vocational training to people interested in the banking industry to Milwaukee.

October 2018, CBS 58 Milwaukee
Free Financial Services Training Coming to Milwaukee

September 2018, The Chicago Tribune
Free Financial Industry Training Offered for Low-Income and Minority Job Seekers

Thinking about a financial career? Would you like someone to help you open some doors?

May 2018, Working Nation
Banking on Your Future: JVS BankWork$ delivers quality workers for the banking industry

May 2018,
YWCA BankWork$ Program Graduates First Snohomish County-Based Class

The ceremony, held in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, featured opening remarks by Mayor Dave Earling.

February 2018, NBC 5 Chicago
Local Chicago Program Provides Bank Job Training

January 2018, The Seattle Times
Free Program Helps Seattle Job Seekers Start a Career in Banking

BankWork$ trains young adults from low-income and minority communities to work in the financial services industry.

January 2018,
Three Remarkable Individuals That Have Beat All Odds Featured on Wells Fargo Stagecoaches During 2018 Rose Parade

Aboard its 129th stagecoach and equestrian entry, Wells Fargo & Co. featured three notable riders.


October 2021

Spotlight: Bilingual Graduate Adriana Flores Grows Her Career in Financial Services While Helping Open Up Access to Banking for Spanish-Speaking Members of Her Community

A graduate with our partners Association House of Chicago, Adriana is now growing her career with Chicago-based Byline Bank. Fluent in both English and Spanish, helps serve the bank’s Spanish-speaking customers, acting as a translator for many of their customers who don’t speak English.

October 2021

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month: Instructor Luz Hernandez

A “proud professional bilingual Latina” and BankWork$ Instructor with our partner Association House of Chicago, Luz Hernandez works to “improve lives and communities.”

October 2021

Graduate Spotlight: Tama Robinson

“BankWork$ gave me the blueprint to launch my career.” Meet Tama Robinson, a graduate of our BankWork$ program with our partners Employ Milwaukee, and learn about her journey to her new career in financial services.

September 2021

Graduate Spotlight: Ashley Yates

“BankWork$ really changed the personal and professional direction of my life.”  After feeling stuck in a career in retail, today Ashley is thriving in a career in financial services in her role as a Teller at BankWork$ employer partner Wells Fargo in Los Angeles, California. 

August 2021

CareerWork$ Ready Instructor Spotlight: Angeline Sullivan

“I’ve always wanted to help change lives and help overcome barriers.”
As a former Career Navigator with our BankWork$ program and current Instructor for our CareerWork$ Ready job readiness program with our partners YWCA Seattle | Snohomish | King, Angeline does just that.

July 2021

CareerWork$ Staff Spotlight: Ruby Sloan

If you are a BankWork$® or CareerWork$ Medical® Instructor, Career Navigator, employer partner, training partner, or even a Seattle-area BankWork$ student, chances are you’ve worked with CareerWork$ Program Manager Ruby Sloan. Since she joined the team in 2017 as CareerWork$’s second program employee, Ruby has been instrumental in launching new programs, expanding to new markets, and supporting thousands of graduates as they enter new careers.  She is a key support liaison to new and existing training partners, building relationships with Instructors and Career Navigators. She also provides curriculum and instructional support, and represents the program across the country to constituents while supporting the team in achieving its national expansion. 

July 2021

Graduate Spotlight: Vanessa Spinks

In 2017, Vanessa completed our free, comprehensive, eight-week training with our Oregon-based partner SE Works. It wasn’t long before Vanessa launched her career in financial services. In her first roles, she worked as a teller, a vault teller, and a merchant teller.  Today, Vanessa is flourishing in her financial services career with our founding partner, Wells Fargo, as an Escalated Complaint Specialist in their credit card department. Vanessa says her BankWork$ Instructors and Career Navigators were essential in helping her launch her career.  


May 2021

Employer Spotlight: For Dollar Bank, BankWork$ “Matches the Mission” of Creating Opportunity in the Communities It Serves

When it was founded 1855, Dollar Bank’s founder Charles Colton had a “revolutionary” idea: to create a bank where anyone could open an account with one dollar in their pocket, regardless of race or gender. Today, over 165 years later, Dollar Bank remains rooted in that mission. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, to help fulfill that mission, Dollar Bank began its partnership with the BankWork$ program run by our local training partners, Partner4Work, and Energy Innovation Center in 2019. Since then, Dollar Bank has welcomed nine BankWork$ graduates. 


February 2021

Spotlight: In Milwaukee, Instructor Adriene Wright and Career Navigator Dominique Webb Help Deliver “Life-Changing” Opportunity

Adriene and Dominique quickly adapted their work during the pandemic to keep making an impact on their community and helping launch new careers.


February 2021

Instructor Spotlight: Shantelle Faison, BankWork$ Instructor with Our Partner @PhiladelphiaOIC, on Teaching A Program “Designed to Help the Underdogs”

Already, Shantelle has supported more than 150 graduates as they work to launch a successful career in banking.


February 2021

Graduate Spotlight: Akaila Powell on Finding a “Good Job Fit” and A New Career through BankWork$

BankWork$ graduate Akaila Powell of the Phoenix area discusses how her experience with our program helped lead to a new career in financial services with Bank of America.

February 2021

Graduate Spotlight: How Tyler started his career in banking

Hard work and a belief that there was a better opportunity for him earned this BankWork$ graduate a role as an assistant branch manager.

January 2021

Employer Partner Spotlight: Harborstone Credit Union: “We want our branches to reflect our communities.”

Our partner Harborstone Credit Union on the value of hiring BankWork$ students for their organization and customers.

January 2021
“Opening doors to careers in the banking industry”: Partner Wells Fargo Highlights Three BankWork$ Graduates Growing Their Careers

Our longtime partner Wells Fargo highlights three BankWork$ graduates who joined Wells Fargo, and have been promoted in their careers.

December 2020
BankWork$ Success Story of Jennette Wooley

Recent BankWork$ graduate Jennette Wooley pursued a career in banking because it allows her to do what she loves the most: working with people. Read Jennette’s story to learn how the program helped her overcome uncertainty and find the job she was meant to have.

April 2020, A New Leaf
Featured Video | National Bank of Arizona Changes Lives

April 2020, Philadelphia OIC
Featured Video | Meet BankWork$ Graduate Avery Martin

March 2020, Philadelphia OIC
Featured Video | BankWork$ Graduation

December 2019, Western Bankers Association
Featured Video | BankWork$ Opening Doors for Careers in Banking

October 2019, A New Leaf
Featured Video | BankWork$ Virtual Tour


November 2021
As CareerWork$ Continues to Grow Its Impact, We’re Seeking Our First-Ever Communications & Development Specialist

As CareerWork$® continues to grow its impact across the country, we’re seeking our first-ever Communications & Development Specialist to join our team. Click here to learn more about this opportunity with CareerWork$ and how to apply:

October 2021
Three Ways CareerWork$ Adapted to Meet the Challenge of the COVID Pandemic and Continue Our Impact

Over the past 18 months, organizations across the country navigated the rapid changes of the pandemic. CareerWork$ worked closely with partners around the country to adapt, pivot, and pivot again—and as a result, we’re still marking milestones like graduations and job placements among our graduates. Here are three ways we adapted and continued our impact during the pandemic.

September 2021
CareerWork$® Celebrates Key Milestone As 4,000 Program Graduates Have Started New, Meaningful Careers

CareerWork$ is celebrating a key milestone: more than 4,000 graduates of our BankWork$® and CareerWork$ Medical® programs have started new, meaningful, and lasting careers.  

August 2021
CareerWork$® Announces Alexis Jones as Latest Recipient of the Marc Hill Rising Star Award

CareerWork$ announced today that Alexis Jones, an April 2021 graduate of the BankWork$® program with our training partner Association House of Chicago, is the second and latest recipient of the CareerWork$ Marc Hill Rising Star Award. This spring, Alexis began her new career in financial services as an Associate Banker with Chase Bank.

August 2021
Free Career Training Program BankWork$® Comes to Oakland; Eight-Week Comprehensive Training Begins August 23 to Help Connect Great Jobs with Great Hires in Financial Services

BankWork$®, a free, eight-week career training program to help open doors to lasting careers in banking, is coming to Oakland through a partnership with the national nonprofit CareerWork$®, Fremont Adult and Continuing Education and Oakland Adult and Continuing Education. The program provides the skills needed for any entry-level banking position with great career potential. Positions include roles such as teller, customer service representative, relationship banker, and personal banker. After eight weeks of intensive training, participants attend a combined graduation ceremony and personalized job fair where they can interview for open positions in the region with industry partners. Graduates also receive ongoing coaching and job placement support.  

June 2021
CareerWork$ New Program Manager Dion Willis Brings Perspective As Former Career Navigator and Commitment to Help “Pay It Forward” for Students, Career Navigators, and Communities 

As a new Program Manager for the national nonprofit organization CareerWork$, Dion serves as a key support liaison to new and existing CareerWork$ community-based training partners, providing curriculum and instructional support, as well as representing the program across the country to constituents while supporting the team in achieving its national expansion. 

May 2021
CareerWork$® Announces BankWork$® Graduate Dynasty Grant as the First-Ever Recipient of the Marc Hill Rising Star Award

CareerWork$ today announced that Dynasty Grant, a March 2021 graduate of CareerWorkBankWork$ program with our training partner Goodwill of Colorado, is the first-ever recipient of the CareerWork$ Marc Hill Rising Star Award. This spring, Dynasty began her new career in financial services as a Client Relationship Consultant with employer partner U.S. Bank. 

April 2021
BankWork$® Celebrates Endorsement by Texas Bankers Association, Partnership to Help Expand BankWork$ Across Texas

BankWork$, a signature program of the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and the national nonprofit organization CareerWork$®, is celebrating the endorsement by the Texas Bankers Association and its partnership to help expand the program across Texas in the coming years. The Texas Bankers Foundation, the charitable arm of the Texas Bankers Association, has also committed $5,000 to Dallas College’s BankWork$ program, to support the program’s expansion to its Richland campus in Fall 2021. 

October 2020
Measuring Our Impact: An Analysis of Our Seattle-Based BankWork$ Program

To better understand our impact, CareerWork$ was eager to leverage our training partners’ data along with outside economic data and to validate our results with a third party. To do that, we engaged with nationally recognized social impact experts Kinetic West to conduct an independent analysis of the outcomes of our BankWork$ program.

August 2019
P4W, PA Bankers Association, Elected Officials, Kick-Off BankWork$® Program in Pittsburgh

Partner4Work, in collaboration with the PA Bankers Association and several of the region’s leading financial institutions, announced the launch of BankWork$ Pittsburgh

March 2019
BankWork$® to partner with Fremont Adult and Continuing Education to offer Eight-Week Financial Services Industry Career Training Program in Greater East Bay

BankWork$® announced today that it has partnered with Fremont Adult and Continuing Education to offer its eight-week free training program that places low-income young adults and those with barriers to employment in jobs in the financial services industry.

December 2018
CareerWork$, Inc.® and The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation Announce Sherry Cromett as the New President of Career Pathways

Today it was announced that Sherry Cromett will join CareerWork$, Inc. as the new President of Career Pathways.

October 2018
BankWork$ Partners with Employ Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Bankers Association to Bring Eight-Week Financial Services Industry Career Training Program to Milwaukee

BankWork$® announced today it is partnering with Employ Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) to expand its eight-week free training program to southeastern Wisconsin.