Association House celebrated the 10th cohort of the Financial Careers Training program this past Friday (Mar 8). The graduation and job fair celebrated a milestone for our students that was shared with their parents, our staff and banking partners.

25 graduates received certificates of completion and were introduced to bank representatives from across the city, initiating the opportunity to take the next step in their banking careers.

Those in attendance were able to hear about the experience from graduate Symone Myvett who delivered the student speech and thanked Association House’s efforts by sharing a powerful Toni Morrison quote, “if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.

“During the eight weeks, I saw changes in myself, which I think I can say for all the participants. Dressing more professionally and acting more professionally in my current job,” Myvett said.

The graduation’s keynote speaker was Felipe Villagomez, Vice President of Deposit Operations for MB Financial Bank who congratulated the graduates and shared his story in banking to provide takeaways for their upcoming journeys.

“Reflecting on my start and the journey, I come to appreciate banking that much more. It truly is a tremendous industry that offers a lot of growth and opportunity for those who push themselves such as you,” Villagomez shared. “By and large, I think this is true for most banks. They go above and beyond to attract, retain and develop talent. Moving forward I encourage you to take hold of those opportunities, inside and outside your banks, to continue to grow.”

The Financial Careers Training program will soon expand in Chicago. With a new partnership with Daley College – Arturo Velazquez Institute (AVI), Association House will now operate two concurrent cohorts. AVI is located at 2800 S. Western and will allow for students located on the south and southwest sides of Chicago to have access to the program. Registration for both the AHC and AVI programs begins on March 18.

You can learn more about the Financial Careers Training program here.