Congratulations to the August BankWork$ Graduates!

Pictured left to right are: Raynique Scott; Christina Summerville; Bianca Carroll McDaniel; Jovo Potkonjak, BankWork$ program manager; Janiaya Rainey; Davina McKee; Ayleene Rodriguez; Rose Oswald Poels, WBA’s president and CEO; and Adriene Wright, BankWork$ instructor. Seated in the center is Rayan Berryman.

The August BankWork$ class has now graduated! The Wisconsin Bankers Association is proud to partner with Employ Milwaukee to bring this nationwide program to Wisconsin. BankWork$ is a free, eight-week training program to prepare participants in primarily underserved neighborhoods for retail banking careers.

This graduating class of seven included Rayan Berryman, Bianca Carroll McDaniel, Davina McKee, Janiaya Rainey, Ayleene Rodriguez, Raynique Scott, and Christina Summerville. WBA’s Rose Oswald Poels attended the ceremony and congratulated the graduates on their achievement.

Over the eight weeks, these students learned the hard and soft skills necessary for entry-level retail and operations positions. The program began in 2019 and has so far provided more than 4,000 graduates in the Milwaukee area the opportunity to begin a career in banking.

Thank you to the following banks for sponsoring this program:

  • Associated Bank, Green Bay
  • Bank Five Nine, Oconomowoc
  • First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, Waukesha
  • First Midwest Bank, Milwaukee
  • Johnson Financial Group
  • PyraMax Bank, Greenfield
  • Spring Bank, Brookfield
  • The Equitable Bank, Wauwatosa
  • Waterstone Bank, Milwaukee
  • Wells Fargo