ESL Federal Credit Union and Monroe Community College recently announced its second class of ESL/MCC Scholars. The four students selected for this program are Sincere Alston, Georgia Bardusch, Leanna Barnes and Mahjari Hutchinson.
Students are offered a part-time, paid position at ESL’s corporate headquarters or a local branch, and receive a $1,000 scholarship for each semester they participate, up to $2,000. Students will have the opportunity to meet with and work in other departments at the company to further their professional experience.
Benefits include professional skill development opportunities, mentoring and exposure to various career paths. Through this collaboration, MCC students have the option to obtain academic credit for their work experience.
“This continued partnership with MCC further enhances our commitment to developing, promoting and retaining a talented, diverse workforce at ESL,” said Maureen Wolfe, senior vice president/director of human resource and community impact. “Students have the opportunity to further their education and career experiences, with financial assistance, while completing their academic degrees.”
The long-term goal of the program is to retain the students upon graduation from MCC through either full-time employment at ESL, or as they work part-time while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at a local institution with assistance from ESL’s tuition reimbursement program. The program supports an ESL initiative to recognize and value diversity and inclusion within the workforce, with many students of the program coming from underrepresented backgrounds.
According to Andrea Wade, MCC provost and vice president of academic services, the credit union’s investment in the program prepares students to succeed in the workplace.
“ESL has opened an exclusive door of opportunity for our students to apply what they’ve learned at MCC to the fields of banking and finance,” she said. “Because many MCC graduates continue to live and learn locally, the rewards of ESL’s investment in student success will be felt throughout our community. MCC is grateful for ESL’s partnership and support.”