CareerWork$ announced today that Alexis Jones, an April 2021 graduate of the BankWork$® program with our training partner Association House of Chicago, is the second and latest recipient of the CareerWork$ Marc Hill Rising Star Award.
This spring, Alexis began her new career in financial services as an Associate Banker with Chase Bank.
Launched in Spring 2021, the Marc Hill Rising Star Award recognizes graduates of our BankWork$ or CareerWork$ Medical® programs who have 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$® Ready programs with CareerWork$ partner, 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. The lessons Marc shared with his students embody our values as an organization.
Each quarter, CareerWork$ recognizes one student from graduating classes of our BankWork$ or CareerWork$ Medical program. Each award recipient receives a certificate and cash award to celebrate the start of their new career.
CareerWork$ staff and the Association House of Chicago staff surprised Alexis with the news that she had been selected as the second-ever award recipient in a virtual celebration.
“Pathways to new careers are hard to find,” said Alexis Jones. “The help BankWork$ gave me is amazing. I am grateful to the BankWork$ team for supporting me. If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be a success story!”
“We are thrilled to honor Alexis as she launches her new career and to celebrate her growth, grit, and focus. Alexis represents what CareerWork$ is all about,” said CareerWork$ President Sherry Cromett. “We know that Marc would be proud that his legacy has brought so many people together to celebrate Alexis’s success, and this his work continues to have impact on people as they move forward in their careers.”
“From day one, we were impressed with Alexis’s willingness to learn, ask questions, and take advantage of each and every resource available as she worked to start a new career. She was focused every single day, and throughout the program she demonstrated tremendous personal and professional growth,” said Sherri Richardson, BankWork$ Instructor and Workforce Training Facilitator with Association House of Chicago and Cynthia Moore, BankWork$ Career Navigator and Enrollment and Retention Specialist with Association House of Chicago. “We are so proud of Alexis as she grows in her career and can’t wait to see all that she does.”
From all of us at CareerWork$, congratulations, Alexis!