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BankWork$ opens the door to lasting careers in the financial services industry.

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BankWork$ is an industry-supported training program that prepares participants for a career in the financial services industry.

It provides:

  • Eight weeks of intensive training for positions as bank tellers, customer service representatives, and personal bankers.
  • Job interview practice
  • Resume writing
  • Job placement assistance
  • Ongoing coaching and mentoring for career advancement.
BankWork$ was started in 2006 in Los Angeles by The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation. Since then it has expanded to Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Houston in addition to Portland. To learn more about the national program click here.

The Portland BankWork$ training program benefits from the support of Dress for Success and Best Foot Forward who help our graduates look their professional best for their interview and at the start of their careers.

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Bankwork$ is a fast-moving, hands-on curriculum taught by an experienced banking professional. It includes guest visits by local bankers and gives students a real world look of what a career in banking means. It covers:

  • The ABC’s of the corporate workplace
  • Customer service/sales
  • Comprehensive bank products & services
  • Job search preparation including: resume creation, submitting applications and interview practice
  • Workplace expectations
Each training ends with a graduation and job fair attended by local bankers and credit unions.

Sponsored by local banks and credit unions, BankWork$ is free to eligible participants.

The Training Beings Soon
To learn more, and sign up for an information session call 503-545-5507 or email oschmitt@seworks.org today!

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If you like working with people, you may like the customer service aspects of banking.

To participate in Bankwork$ you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be fluent in written and spoken English (Bilingual fluency is a plus)
  • Have basic computer skills.
  • Be bondable
  • Be a registered WorkSource Portland Metro customer.
    If you are not registered, you can start the process online today at www.WorkSourcePortlandMetro.Org, or by visiting your nearest WorkSource Portland Metro Center.
Standard background checks and other restrictions may apply.

Current WorkSource customer can sign up for BankWork$ Info Sessions through MyWorkSource, by contacting their nearest WorkSource Portland Metro Center or by emailing oschmitt@seworks.org.

Some of our Success Stories

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“The BankWorks program has been very informational regarding the financial world and what would be expected of us as tellers. Lyla and Sue have been very supportive during class, my job search, and my time working as a teller.”

- Jessica

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“During my eight weeks my mind was blown by not only what we learned, but by the dedication that was given to me to make sure I succeeded to my best ability…I would recommend this class to anybody interested in banking as a career. It’s not only a way to get your foot in the door, but a way to strut through the doors with confidence.”

- Shanice
Float Teller

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“I enjoyed this class. I met new people, and learned new things. I strongly believe that all the skills I gained from the Bankwork$ program will affect not only my career but also my personal life.”

- Patrick
Universal Associate