CareerWork$ Announces Morissa Negale-Sackett as the Latest Recipient of the Marc Hill Rising Star Award


CareerWork$ is delighted to select Morissa Negale-Sackett, a June 2022 BankWork$ graduate from Goodwill of Colorado, as the fifth recipient of the Marc Hill Rising Star Award!    

After a series of tragedies disrupted her life and left her caring for her family while dealing with personal loss and health challenges, Morissa needed a new career path. Determined not to give up on finding a career that could support her family, she pushed forward. Earlier this year, Morissa learned about the BankWork$ program at Goodwill of Colorado from the Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE). She enrolled in Kelly Hargrove’s class, excelled as a BankWork$ participant, and accepted a job offer at a local financial institution shortly after graduation.  

Earlier this week, after she attended Kelly’s class as an alumni speaker, Morissa was surprised by the CareerWork$ team on a virtual celebration to share the news of her selection as a Marc Hill Rising Star Award recipient. “I appreciate what Kelly and everyone at CareerWork$ have done to help me succeed. After everything I’ve been through, this means more than you can imagine,” said Morissa on the celebration call.  

Beginning in Spring 2021, the Marc Hill Rising Star Award recognizes a graduate of our BankWork$ or CareerWork$ Medical program each quarter who has shown significant personal growth and transformation since the start of class. Each award recipient receives a certificate and cash award to enhance the beginning of their new career.     

The award is part of CareerWork$ ongoing work to open doors to meaningful careers. It honors the life, work, and legacy of the late Marc Hill, an instructor of both the BankWork$ and CareerWork$ Ready programs with our partner YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, who passed away in 2020. The lessons Marc shared with his students embody our values as an organization: respect, collaboration, equity, and inclusion.     

In an interview with Goodwill of Colorado, Morissa reflected on the trajectory of her career. “Never stop reaching for your goals even when life takes a turn on you. When life may seem like it’s at the end, you are still alive and can reach your goals,” said Morissa.   

From all of us at CareerWork$, congratulations, Morissa!      

Read more about Morissa’s journey.

Read more about the Marc Hill Rising Star Award.  

Thanks to BankWork$, Andrew Wilson’s Career at Columbia Bank Has Continued to Thrive for Over Five Years

After graduating high school in 2017, Andrew Wilson—like so many—knew he needed to work but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do professionally. A friend had recently graduated from BankWork$ at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish and, after seeing Andrew’s discouragement following multiple rejections for lack of experience, pushed Andrew to consider BankWork$.  

Andrew was primarily drawn to the general career preparation that BankWork$ provides. “When I started BankWork$, I didn’t know what to expect,” says Andrew. “My instructor helped me learn to be detail-oriented and focused. She understood that I needed to learn the basics of banking, and we started there. One day in class, we did an exercise where we pretended to be tellers. While I was doing a transaction, my fellow teller got robbed—nobody noticed. It helped me learn to be aware of many different things around me.”  

Mercedes Rippel, Andrew’s BankWork$ Instructor, continued to stay in contact with him after graduation and still offers her support today. “When I first met Andrew, he was timid and unsure of himself,” says Mercedes. “Once I interviewed him, I knew he would make an excellent Banker! Here we are today, and I could not be prouder of his success!”  

Upon graduating from BankWork$, Andrew, like all graduates, attended a hiring fair where he interviewed with local financial institutions. He accepted an offer as a Backup Teller at Columbia Bank. Through diligent work and excellent customer service, he was promoted to a Full-Time Teller within a year.   

Now, five years after graduating from BankWork$, he has been promoted to Exceptions Officer; he helps customers check for corrections daily and ensures deposits go to their correct accounts. He loves advancing his career at Columbia Bank. 

“My family has always supported me and knew I would find a successful career. I have that now at Columbia Bank. I enjoy my role and want to stay with Columbia for a long time,” said Andrew.

“Before BankWork$, I had trouble finding any job. I didn’t know how to present myself, and I had terrible confidence, but the program taught me the fundamental skillset of banking and changed my mindset around my self-worth. Many of us in the class were in tough spots, but we all had a supportive mentality. It was an extremely welcoming and encouraging environment. Had I not stuck around, I’d be completely different.”   

Columbia Bank is a proud employer partner in Seattle, South Puget Sound, and Portland with our partners YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, Career Path Services, and SE Works respectively, with a robust history of hiring BankWork$ grads. Like Andrew, graduates across the country continue to thrive in new careers thanks to BankWork$.  

Click here to learn more about BankWork$ and our partnership with YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish.