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Opening doors to meaningful careers

We connect young adults from low-income communities to employers in banking and healthcare to create access to lasting careers that help people, communities, and employers succeed.

We offer free, eight-week career training programs—with placement assistance and ongoing coaching—to provide the support young adults need for not only getting the job, but advancing in a career.

We work in communities where underemployment is prevalent, opportunities are lacking, and employers need support to identify talented, diverse hires.

Our Response to COVID-19

The enormity of job losses across the country sparked our CareerWork$ program to develop Work$Ready, a new free, online, job readiness training. We are helping jobseekers reenter the workforce with a new sense of confidence and job readiness skills that will help them land a job.

Our programs create career opportunities

We connect candidates who have the attitude and aptitude for success but lack opportunities with employers who are looking for their talent.


BankWork$® started in Los Angeles in 2006 in partnership with JVS SoCal with one class, a few bank partners, and 10 graduates. Since then, our program has expanded to include more than 80 banks, 13 cities, and has helped launch over 3,400 careers in banking.

Our free training program provides the skills needed for career-growth positions like teller, customer service representative, relationship banker, and personal banker.

CareerWork$ Medical

CareerWork$ Medical® started in Seattle in 2017 and has helped more than 100 program graduates begin their healthcare careers. The program expanded to Portland, OR and Los Angeles in the fall of 2019.

Over eight weeks, young adults prepare for non-clinical roles that can launch careers in healthcare, such as customer service representative, patient service coordinator, family support specialist, and medical insurance biller.

Graduates, employers, and communities prosper

The Bankwork$ program changes lives, one person, one community, at a time.

0% Income more than doubles for graduates in the first three years.
0pp Employment rate is 39 percentage points higher for graduates versus non-completers.
$0M Annual lifetime earnings are $1M higher than non-participants.
0% More than half of participants are bilingual or multilingual.
0% 82% of program graduates are people of color.

These independently validated outcomes are the result of an analysis conducted by Kinetic West in April 2020.

Our model accelerates success

Our unique model, used for both BankWork$ and CareerWork$ Medical, teaches career-building, hard skills for on-the-job success in banking and healthcare, and the soft skills needed to succeed as a professional anywhere.

Our comprehensive training takes only eight weeks
Unlike other programs that take a year to complete, our curriculum is covered in eight weeks and was co-developed by employers and community-based organizations to ensure success. We engage prospective employers throughout the program to provide industry insight and integrated recruitment opportunities.

Participants train for success in banking, healthcare, and beyond
Young adults learn how to create a positive impression and build relationships with clients and co-workers, problem-solve, speak confidently in front of a group, interview successfully—even give and take constructive feedback. They are also guided to identify and apply transferable customer-facing skills from past employment to future careers.

Every graduate has an opportunity to interview with our industry partners
At each graduation, participants interview for open positions with industry partners. They receive far more personal attention than they might during a standard job fair or online application process. They graduate prepared for their first day on the job, with the confidence that they can and will succeed, and are supported through mentorship as they grow in their new career.

Expanding the program to increase impact

0 Programs across the country.
0+ Placements to date.
0% 72% of graduates remain with their employer after 12 months.

Our partners

Our industry partners benefit by hiring outstanding candidates who come from the communities they serve—helping to strengthen local relationships and fulfill organizational goals.

Funding Partners

BankWork$ Founding Partner

BankWork$ Founding Partner

Biller Family Foundation

CareerWork$ Medical Founding Partner

CareerWork$ Medical Founding Partner

CareerWork$ Medical Founding Partner

CareerWork$ Medical Founding Partner

“I’m finally making the kind of strides in life I’ve always wanted.”

Caitlin, CareerWork$ Medical Graduate,
Client Services Representative at Virginia Mason Medical Center

Let’s create lasting opportunities together

BankWork$ currently operates in 13 markets and CareerWork$ Medical operates in 3 markets — with plans to grow. We welcome your participation!