Landings Credit Union and the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) have partnered to open a new branch on EVIT’s main campus, 1601 W. Main St., in Mesa. The new branch will not only incorporate Landings employees and all of the banking services that Landings offers, but will also be a teaching and training branch for both Landings employees and EVIT students.
“We just opened the student run branch in EVIT on Aug. 1 and we’re teaching banking and finance to high school students,” said Tonya Fife, branch manager and CTE instructor with Landings Credit Union in Mesa. “We’ll have them practice with their parents as well because banking is not taught in schools anymore.”
With this new partnership, Landings and EVIT will offer a brand new banking program as part of the EVIT career readiness programs of study.
Landings Credit Union officials said they often partner with East Valley school districts to offer free financial education classes where students learn basic skills on managing money, how to open and maintain a checking account and other valuable banking skills that are often not taught anymore in schools.
This new program at EVIT will give students who are interested in banking as a career a new option as part of their course curriculum. Students will receive occupational training in a variety of areas including skills to become a teller, loan officer, call center representative, and other positions throughout the banking industry. They will also receive hands-on training in cash handling, marketing, and running a full service student branch.
“When career and technical education partner with business and industry, the sky’s the limit,” said EVIT Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey. “Now we have a bank on our campus and we’re teaching kids how to go into that profession. It’s a win-win for Landings and for the students we serve.”
Students interested in enrolling in the new banking program can find more information at: www.evit.com/banking.
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.