Amarillo College Partners with Banks to Offer New Certificate in Finance


Amarillo College, with the support of industry players, now offers new opportunities for those interested in banking and finance.

On April 26, the CA Board of Regents approved a new banking and finance certificate and, pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the academic certificate will be offered at the community college during the upcoming fall semester.

“From a student’s perspective, a career in banking comes with an opportunity for growth within the industry given the diversity of jobs in banking institutions. Financial institutions have different roles that vary from customer service, marketing, lending, investments, information technology, data Analytics to name a few,” said Rashmi Pillai, Business Technology Program Coordinator for AC. connection with the bankers allows us to focus on the courses and what we need to offer the students to be successful after obtaining the certificate.”

Pillai said the idea for the program came after evaluating ways to expand CF offerings on the ground and seeing that communities needed entry-level employees to fill bank and cooperative positions. regional credit. It was after recognizing this need that Pillai reached out to community banks and finance companies and partnered with four area banks to help advise and shape the new program.

The four banking partners that will be involved in the program are Amarillo National Bank, FirstBank Southwest, First United Bank and Happy State Bank. As part of the partnership, students who complete the certificate will be granted an interview at a bank with job offers, two of the banking courses offered in the program will be taught by a banker, the program will host guest speakers from the community industry, and tours will be offered at local banks.

“This program will set up entry level employees for a long term career which will benefit both the bank and the individual to show they are serious about the business and generate more employees long-term for the bank. Overall, it creates opportunities for more people to grow and progress,” said Christa Gutierrez, assistant vice president of people development at ANB.

The Banking and Finance Certificate consists of five courses, and the 16 credit hours they entail can be applied to an AAS degree in business technology. The courses that AC’s banking partners have helped identify are word processing, financial literacy, advanced spreadsheets, principles of banking, and selling banking/financial products and services.

“Because it’s widely used, we think it will be a good opportunity for students to learn industry-based skills to use wherever they want,” said Lynne Kenney, Information Systems Instructor IT at AC.

In a press release, Bowden Jones, executive vice president and chief consumer officer of FirstBank Southwest, said he not only supports the new certificate program, but will teach a few courses.

Ivan Gallardo, a student at Amarillo College, enrolls in AC's new banking and finance certificate program.

“This certificate program is a continuation of what Amarillo College has done to help provide a workforce for our community. This program will create additional interest in the banking industry, as well as an integrated workforce that will allow FirstBank Southwest and others to employ people from this community and set them on the path to success. What a win-win for everyone! said Jones.

For more information about Amarillo College’s Banking and Finance Certificate Program, please contact Rashmi Pillai, program coordinator, at 806-371-5219 or [email protected]


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