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Miami Dade College’s School of Business and Center for Financial Training to Host Future Banker’s Camp


Miami, June 9, 2014 - Throughout the month of June, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Business and the Center for Financial Training will host a Future Banker’s Camp. Sponsored by CareerSource South Florida and 15 local banks (including FIBA & South Florida Banking Institute), the camp aims to provide hands-on experience for high school students interested in careers in the financial services industry. The educational component will take place from June 2–13, at the Wolfson Campus, and the internships will run June 16–27.

The Future Bankers’ Camp is preparing a total of 45 students enrolled in Academy of Finance programs at Barbara Goleman Senior High School, Coral Gables Senior High School, Coral Reef Senior High School, Mater Academy Senior High School, Miami Jackson Senior High School, North Miami Beach Senior High School, and Sunset Senior High School. This innovative program will provide students with various educational opportunities to enhance their math, communication and financial literacy skills, including completion of an internship program and industry certification with the goal of preparing them for college and careers in financial services. This initiative is also aligned with the school district’s partnership and involvement in the One Community One Goal targeted Industry Implementation Plan. 

“The Future Bankers’ Camp will provide students with the opportunity to be prepared for their future professional careers in the financial services industry,” said Abel Iglesias, chairman of the Center for Financial Training and executive vice president of Professional Bank.

"This camp has been hosted at MDC for seven years, thanks to the skillful leadership of Ms. Connie Laguna, Executive Director of The Center for Financial Training,” said Rafo Saldaña, Dean of the School of Business of MDC. “We are proud of our long-term, consistent support to the important financial services industry in South Florida."

Participating banks/organizations include BankUnited, City National Bank, Continental National Bank, Community Bank of Florida, Espirito Santo Bank, Florida International Banking Association, Intercredit Bank, Mercantil Commercebank, Ocean Bank, Popular Community Bank, Professional Bank, Regions Bank, South Florida Institute of Banking, TD Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Upon successful completion of the camp, students are eligible to receive the American Bankers Association/American Institute of Banking (AIB) Bank Teller Certificate. This national industry standard certificate meets the educational requirement for the certification exam offered by the Institute of Certified Bankers. Students who graduate can also work towards an associate degree in financial services.

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools Academy of Finance program is a member of the National Academy Foundation, a national network of career academies to support the development of America’s youth toward personal and professional success in high school, higher education and throughout their careers. There are 15 high schools in Miami-Dade with Academy of Finance career academies.

CareerSource South Florida is a public-private partnership and integral partner in Miami-Dade’s economic plan that initiates state and federally funded workforce development and training policies for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Additionally, South Florida Workforce services and resources are available to everyone at no cost through a network of Career Centers located throughout the Region. For more information, contact Future Banker’s Training Program by contacting Youth Services Division at 305 594-7615 ext. 292.

The Center for Financial Training provides financial services education, training and technology to financial services professionals throughout the United States and around the world.  CFT is a national organization and the largest industry-sponsored adult education program in the world.  CFT training and education programs provide job specific skills and knowledge to the financial services industry.  CFT is the educational arm of the American Bankers Association and courses are part of a national continuing education curriculum.  Completion of prescribed programs can lead to industry-recognized AIB diplomas and certificates as well as assist in professional licensing requirements and meet college credit and degree requirements.

For more information about the Center for Financial Training at MDC, please contact Connie Laguna at 305-237-3051, or visit  

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