Amarillo College, with the enthusiastic support of industry stakeholders, is now better positioned than ever to propel students into a wide variety of careers in the growing banking and finance industry.
On April 26, the CA Board of Trustees approved a new Banking and Finance Certificate and, pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Council, the Academic Certificate will be offered to CA at from next fall.
Additionally, four banks have partnered with the College, not only to help advise and shape the new curriculum, but to provide assurances that AC students who complete the certificate will be granted an interview at a bank with job offers. ‘job.
“There are a lot of different roles in banking, not just tellers and loan officers, but in areas like human resources and cybersecurity and accounting and marketing, and this certificate can be a launch pad for all of this and more,” Rashmi said. Pillai, Business Technology program coordinator for AC.
“Students who earn the certificate will not only be ready for entry-level positions, they will get a job interview if one of our partner banks has vacancies, and they can work part-time if they choose to continue their studies. We are very excited about it, ”she said.
The Banking and Finance Certificate consists of 5 courses, and the 16 credit hours they entail can be applied to an AAS Diploma in Business Technology. The courses that AC’s banking partners have helped identify are word processing, financial literacy, advanced spreadsheets, principles of banking, and selling banking/financial products and services.
“The classes selected for the certificate were largely decided by our banking partners,” said Lynne Kenney, IT information systems trainer at AC. “They wanted a diversity of classes in line with the skills they are looking for.”
AC’s banking partners are Amarillo National Bank, FirstBank Southwest, First United Bank and Happy State Bank.
“Amarillo National Bank is proud to support the Amarillo College Banking and Finance Certificate, as we see the value in training the next generation of bankers,” said Christa Gutierrez, Assistant Vice President for People Development at ANB. “This program will open countless doors not only for the students who complete it, but also for the financial institutions where they work and the customers they serve.
“Students who earn this certificate will have the immediate benefit of knowing how financial institutions work,” she said. “They will be familiar with banking terms and products, and they will understand why customer service is key to success in the industry. It’s a wonderfully powerful opportunity and we’re thrilled to be a part of it!
Bowden Jones, executive vice president and chief consumer officer of FirstBank Southwest, not only supports the new certificate program, but will teach a few courses.
“This certificate program begins to lay the foundation for a student to explore many opportunities in many disciplines used in banking and set them on the path to success in their career,” Jones said.
“It also aligns with what Amarillo College has done to help provide a workforce for our community. This program will create additional interest in the banking industry, as well as an integrated workforce that will allow FirstBank Southwest and others to employ people from this community and set them on the path to success. What a win-win for everyone!
For more information about Amarillo College’s Banking and Finance Certificate Program, please contact Rashmi Pillai, program coordinator, at 806-371-5219 or [email protected]