Focus Areas

Career Pathways

The Career Pathways program launches meaningful careers for deserving individuals by providing them with customized career training, placement assistance, and ongoing coaching. The program currently has two paths:

  • BankWork$®, which prepares participants for careers in the retail banking industry, and
  • CareerWork$ Medical, which focuses on careers in the healthcare industry.


BankWork$ - Developed by the Biller Family Foundation in 2006 in partnership with Jewish Vocational Services of Los Angeles (JVS-LA), BankWork$ prepares young adults from low-income communities of color for careers in banking. With a time-tested platform, carefully designed curriculum, and dedicated trainers, BankWork$ is more than a job training program. It is a verified solution to the complex challenges facing underemployed communities. Equally, it is a solution for our partner financial institutions seeking qualified candidates for positions in retail banking. The program currently operates in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, Houston, Denver, Chicago, and Portland, OR; by the end of 2017, the program will have expanded to Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, and St. Louis. As part of a five-year, $4-million national expansion in partnership with Bank of America, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo, the program will launch in four to six additional cities by 2019.

See the BankWork$ website for more information. 


CareerWork$ Medical - CareerWork$ Medical replicates aspects of the BankWork$ program that are applicable, and modifies the model to meet specific healthcare industry requirements. CareerWork$ Medical prepares young adults from low-income communities of color for healthcare industry careers that pay above a living wage, and include benefits and growth potential. CareerWork$ Medical program participants receive intensive training and ongoing support; this ensures they are better prepared for entry-level positions in the healthcare industry than candidates from the general marketplace. The CareerWork$ Medical program strives to meet two sets of goals: short-term pilot goals, and long-term goals that will be consistently evaluated as the program continues to expand. 

The CareerWork$ Medical pilot will:

  • implement curriculum that includes, at a minimum: in-class replication of workplace expectations with extensive soft skills focus; industry rules and regulations; industry-specific knowledge and terminology; job-preparedness: interview skills, resume development, facilitated networking, and ongoing mentoring
  • launch in the beginning of September
  • begin a second class by the end of 2017 that includes lessons learned from the pilot class, with improvements to all phases of the program including sourcing, selection, training, placement, and post-placement support

The CareerWork$ Medical program will:

  • ensure that students understand what is required to work in the healthcare industry
  • prepare students to become exceptional applicants for entry-level position in healthcare
  • nurture graduates through ongoing coaching and mentoring in the field
  • provide networking opportunities for graduates with area healthcare providers interested in hiring program graduates  

Now in its first phase, the program pilot will launch in Seattle in the fall of 2017. We anticipate additional classes in Seattle before year end. More information about the program and our non-profit partner, the YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish, will be available in the coming weeks.