Harel was among 45 students who participated in Future Bankers' Camp -- an intensive four-week, 150-hour internship focused on teaching high school juniors how the financial industry works.
"I learned what banking can really be," said Harel, who graduated from the program on
"It's like a bunch of gears to a big machine that make a bank work together."
Now a senior at
"I've learned about public speaking, networking with other people and getting to know them," said McGill, who dedicated a month of her summer.
This was the kind of outcome
"We tried to provide a curriculum that students could immediately apply," said Laguna.
The camp required students have a 3.0 grade-point average, be enrolled in
Students first trained for two weeks at
Upon completion of the program, participants were awarded with a CFT Bank Teller certificate, which would allow them to apply for a customer service representative or teller position at any bank.
"We've had students who have been employed by the banks they interned at," said Laguna.
"I now work in the credit department, while my friends are at McDonald's flipping burgers," said Delcin, as applause filled the stage.
"Hopefully it gets them into college and to start a career in the financial industry," Busto said. "Ultimately it's to get them on the right path and expose them to things they have never been exposed to and make them see there are things out there for them."
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