Financial Services Pathway





Thanks to a shared focus on connecting adult learners to opportunities and clear mission alignment, Mi Casa Resource Center, Community College of Aurora (CCA) and Metropolitan State University Denver (MSU Denver) came together organically in the Spring of 2017 to build a first-of-its kind, end-to-end pathway for adult learners interested in the Financial Services industry. This pathway connects adult learners to employment and up to four industry-recognized credentials simultaneously – optimizing investment in upskilling and maximizing income-earning potential. With equity at the center of our design, we created a fully modular pathway that starts with Mi Casa’s four-week program.

Participants have the opportunity to leave Mi Casa with up to nine college credits via Prior Learning Assessments (an affordable way to test out of classes based on work-based learning), and a job that pays as much as $20 per hour plus benefits and access to tuition assistance. CCA then steps in to provide two industry-focused certificates (Banking Essentials and Supervision Fundamentals). These certificates then stack into MSU Denver’s B.S. in Banking. Most importantly, the pathway builds from the existing skill base of adult learners (specifically in customer service, sales and cash handling).

Pathway Opportunities

Mi Casa Financial Services Training

FREE program that trains job-seekers for customer-facing roles in banks and credit unions.

Participants will:

  • Get in-depth practice in highly demand skills Financial Service companies are looking for, including customer service, sales, etc.
  • Receive individualized coaching on resumes and interviewing to make you the strongest candidate possible for Financial Services jobs
  • Network and develop relationships with industry professionals through guest speakers and bank/credit union branch tours
  • Be eligible to receive up to 9 college credits with a $405.00 scholarship
  • Be guaranteed job interviews with our employer partners!
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Banking Certificates at Community College of Aurora*

Banking Essentials Certificate

  • Banking concepts and the functions of a bank
  • Customer service for the banking industry
  • Banking regulations
  • Legal and ethical standards of banking
  • Processing various financial transactions with accuracy

Required Courses

  • BTE 108: Ten-Key by Touch
  • BUS 121: Basic Workplace Skills
  • BUS 217: Business Communications and Report Writing
  • FIN 105: Principles of Banking (PLA eligible)
  • FIN 115: Retain Banking
  • FIN 125: Teller Training (PLA eligible)
  • FIN 255: Selling Bank Products (PLA eligible)
  • MAR 160: Customer Service (PLA eligible)

Supervision Fundamentals

  • People skills needed to manage a team
  • Customer relationship building
  • Workplace communication
  • Managerial decision-making
  • Financial analysis
  • Spreadsheets

Required Courses

  • ACC 121: Accounting Principles I
  • CIS 155: PC Spreadsheet Concepts (Excel)
  • MAN 116: Principles of Supervision
  • MAN 215: Organizational Behavior
  • MAN 225: Managerial Finances
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Bachelor's of Science in Banking at MSU Denver*

All Banking majors take major core classes on topics such as managing banking operations, risk analysis, financial markets and institutions, and personal selling.

Students also choose major electives including one of two optional concentrations:

  • Compliance covers the culture and practice of compliance, the regulatory environment of banking, and the essentials of information security.
  • Financial Analysis teaches investment strategies, financial modeling, securities analysis, and portfolio management.

Here are just some of the roles you could fill with your BS degree in Banking:

  • Financial Advisor
  • Credit Analyst/Underwriter
  • Financial Analyst
  • Commercial Banker
  • Branch Manager
  • Client Relations Manager
  • Compliance Specialist
  • Risk Analyst
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*Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) available

For more information email Georgia Reagan at greagan@MiCasaResourceCenter.org

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