Running Start for Careers offers high-school students career exploration opportunities; paid internships and job placement through Nusenda
Nusenda Credit Union invites students to be a part of a free, award-winning Financial Services Career Exploration course beginning Sept. 18 through Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College.
Nusenda has been a Running Start for Careers community partner with Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry since the 2013-14 school year. To date, 150 students have taken the credit union’s Financial Services Career Exploration curriculum, which features learning opportunities with more than a dozen of its senior-level executives from various departments. Students earn concurrent dual credits in high school and post-secondary institutions.
Nusenda’s course not only helps students to learn about career pathways in the financial service industry, it also helps them gain personal finance skills to manage their finances - such as creating a budget, making a savings plan, managing credit, and more. Once students complete the course, they are eligible to apply for a paid internship of more than $9 per hour, and receive additional high school and college credit.
Nusenda has employed 61 of those completing the course as interns. From those, 19 now work as full-time employees for the credit union in everything from front-line tellers to marketing analysts, to information technology specialists.
“We’re proud to be able to support the collective ability to develop our workforce and improve the social and economic health of our community,” said Shana Runck, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations and Financial Capability. “As part of our give-back philosophy, we strive to go above and beyond to ensure that all New Mexicans receive a comprehensive financial education. This program is designed to teach students the importance of managing finances while giving them the opportunity to gain on-the-job training — and earn competitive hourly pay.”
Created by Mayor Berry, the Running Start for Careers program is available at no cost to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Through participation in the program, students can earn dual-credit hours at their high school and at CNM, while obtaining job skills and real world experience from industry experts.
Earlier this month, Mayor Berry was awarded a $100,000 “Pathways with a Purpose” grant award for the Running Start for Careers initiative from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Strada Education Network. Nusenda was instrumental in both securing funding and generating awareness for this grant.
Additionally, in 2014, Nusenda, in partnership with the Mayor's Office, applied for a grant that also provides AmeriCorps volunteers to be "success coaches" in high schools throughout Albuquerque and New Mexico to help supplement the initiative.
The Financial Services Career Exploration course will take place between Sept. 18 and Dec. 10 at Albuquerque’s Career Enrichment Center, at 807 Mountain Rd. NE, Room B-102 in Albuquerque. It will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 — 4:50 p.m.
Interested students can enroll in the class by going to cnm.edu, and registering for FIN 1005-902, class code 78136.