Nonprofit launches Latino teller program


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A local nonprofit has launched a Latino bank teller training program in partnership with a bank.

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and Fifth Third Bank kicked off the inaugural Latino Bank Teller Training Program last month.

The four-week program is for young Latino professionals and aims to teach technical skills, case management and supportive services in preparation for a career in the banking and financial sectors.

The National Council of La Raza, a nonprofit Latino advocacy organization, developed the curriculum.

According to the Hispanic center, the training is designed to “ensure job placement, retention and economic advancement.”

The inaugural cohort included 18 Latinos, age 18-34.

For more information about the program and details on how to register, contact Mayra Frias at (616) 742-0200, ext. 158, or email mfrias at hispanic-center dot org.

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

Founded in 1978, the Hispanic center is a nonprofit organization serving the needs of Latinos in West Michigan.

The organization provides education and discussion around the distinctions and values of different nationalities and cultures, as well as preschool, youth and family services, and language and GED training.

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