Gateway to Banking Career Program Success

SLCCU partnered with Carrollton Bank and Enterprise Bank & Trust once again to host the sixth session of Gateway to a Banking Career program. Each institution provides funding, job placement assistance, skills training and mentoring. The program’s goals are to offer individuals a pathway to career options within the financial services industry and build a more inclusive and diverse workforce within banks and credit unions.

The program took place June 3 through 13 at our Benton Park Community Room. Ten final participants were recruited through partner agencies such as Mission St. Louis, LifeWise STL and Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School. All of those individuals were interested in pursuing financial services careers. SLCCU’s Strategic Initiatives team supported the class, which was led by Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Ty Schuldt. Ty serves as vice president of retail development and associate engagement for the institution and has successfully facilitated every session since the program’s inception.

“We’re able to continue gaining talent from diverse groups here in St. Louis,” explains Ty. “Diverse and inclusive teams create different perspectives. It helps team members feel safe to share their ideas and their thoughts.”

The sessions included vital training on member/customer service, banking terminology, credit and lending, banking regulation, security, interview tactics, resume writing and more. Participants also learned the importance of their own personal credit and received a free credit review from SLCCU’s Pathways to Financial Wellness.  After successful completion of the two-week class, participants will now receive a guaranteed job interview with one or more of the sponsoring financial institutions.

To date, 70 individuals have successfully completed the training, and nearly 65% gained improved employment or sought higher education opportunities. When partners combine their resources for the greater good of the community, remarkable things happen.

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