Special Populations Collaborative

Economically Disadvantaged/All Special Populations

Southwest College Banking and Office Careers Program

Vincent Jackson, Dean of Academic Affairs

1600 W Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles, CA 90047

213-241-5222, jacksovc@lasc.edu

Description: The Banking and Office Careers Program allows students to apply classroom theories to real-world work experiences, gain a better understanding of the working world, and improve their communication and organizational skills. Students who successfully complete the Banking and Office Careers Program will:

·         Understand day-to-day professional activities in the working world

·         Learn interview skills

·         Learn to dress for success

·         Receive support in finding part-time and full-time employment.

The curriculum focuses on:

·         Career goals

·         Employment portfolios

·         Business wardrobe

·         Finding a job

·         Tips on job interviews

·         Job search

·         Interview skills

·         After the interview tasks

·         Understanding New Hire Forms, Payroll Checks, Payroll deductions

·         Success in the workplace

·         Effective Time and Stress Management

·         Communication Skills

·         Workplace Ethics

·         Drugs in the Workplace

·         Cultural Diversity in the Workplace

·         Managing Money: Saving and Checking Accounts, Credit Cards, Investing. Insurance

The program is staffed by one training specialist/consultant and two program assistants. To inform students of the program, brochures and flyers have been distributed on campus and in the community. All students who complete the Banking and Office Careers Program are eligible for mentorships. The students are paired with a mentor from a business partner of the program. Current business partners include U.S. Bank, Citibank, Washington Mutual, and United Parcel Service (UPS). The business partners are responsible for ongoing mentoring of the participants and providing up-dates to the college on students. They also commit to retain all hired participants that achieve a great view after the first 90 days. The partners also support the college at job fairs and special events

Approximately 200 students complete the program each year. About 50% have been placed in jobs. Approximately 40% of the placements are in full-time jobs; 60% are part time. The percentages are lower than anticipated due to economic stress in the community.