CareerWork$ today announced that Dynasty Grant, a March 2021 graduate of CareerWork$ BankWork$ program with our training partner Goodwill of Colorado, is the first-ever recipient of the CareerWork$ Marc Hill Rising Star Award. This spring, Dynasty began her new career in financial services as a Client Relationship Consultant with employer partner U.S. Bank.
Launched in Spring 2021, the Marc Hill Rising Star Award recognizes graduates of our BankWork$ and CareerWork$ Medical program who has shown significant personal growth and transformation from the start of their class until their graduation. The award is part of CareerWork$ ongoing work to open doors to meaningful careers – and to honor the life, work and legacy of the late Marc Hill, an instructor of both the BankWork$ and CareerWork$ Ready programs with CareerWork$ partners, YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, who passed away in late 2020. Marc first began teaching our BankWork$ courses in 2011, and then began teaching CareerWork$ Ready in 2020 as part of our response to the COVID-19 crisis. Marc was also essential in helping expand the BankWork$ program into new markets nationwide.
This year, each quarter CareerWork$ will recognize one student from graduating classes of our BankWork$ or CareerWork$Medical program. Each award recipient receives a certificate and cash award to enhance the start of their new career by helping with wardrobe, transportation, or other costs.
Thanks to the efforts of U.S. Bank Denver Southwest District Manager Eric Mastroianni, CareerWork$ staff, Dynasty’s other colleagues at U.S. Bank, family, and Goodwill of Colorado staff had the opportunity to surprise Dynasty with the news that she had been selected as the first-ever award recipient.
“I’m forever grateful to BankWork$ and Goodwill of Colorado for supporting me, and for having faith in me even when I didn’t have it in myself,” said Dynasty. “Thank you for keeping me motivated and seeing the potential that I had inside of me.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate Dynasty as the first-ever Marc Hill Rising Star Award winner and to recognize her incredible achievements and growth as she embarks on her new career and continues her journey. She represents what CareerWork$ is all about. Dynasty, we’ve got your back and we are so proud of you,” said CareerWork$ President Sherry Cromett. “We know that Marc would be really proud that his legacy has brought people together to celebrate dynasty, and this his work had impact on people like Dynasty as they move forward in their career.”
“We are so excited to see Dynasty blossom in her new career and to see her honored in this way. Dynasty was a model student who was committed to learning and growing, and she contributed to our classroom as a supportive team member and engaged learner. She met every challenge with courage,” said B.J. Colwell, Dynasty’s instructor with the Goodwill of Colorado program.
“It’s a privilege to have Dynasty as one of our colleagues in our market. She is showing our community that financial literacy is real, attainable, and accessible to everyone. Dynasty has a lot of people supporting her, and we celebrate her today,” said Patrina Pettry, Consumer and Business Banking Market Leader for Denver Market, U.S. Bank.“