Pasadena residents pick up bank teller certificates to compete in job market

A San Jacinto College bank teller course was taught at the Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center

PASADENA, Texas – A group of Pasadena community members received their certificates in bank teller fundamentals recently, allowing them to enter new chapters in their lives with career changes and college pathways.

The San Jacinto College bank teller certification course was taught at the Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center. Several of the participants received financial aid from the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) program. The course followed American Bankers Association curriculum with topics that covered the role of a bank teller, cash handling and balancing, bank regulatory compliance, bank product knowledge, sales, customer service and security. Participants who completed the course were recognized during a recent graduation ceremony.

Derrick Brown, vice president of business development at ACU of Texas, served as keynote speaker. “This course provides students with an introduction to this position and gives them the knowledge base and the confidence they need when applying for a job with a bank,” said Brown. “Their aptitude really shines through, and we know that if they’re actively learning and continuing to gain more knowledge, then they’re going to position themselves to aid our institution.”

Many of the participants signed up for the bank teller fundamentals course for a change in career, as the case with Juanita Perez, a former certified nursing assistant. “I’m getting up in age, and I’d like something different,” said Perez. “I’m going to start looking for jobs now as a bank teller and register for summer courses at San Jacinto College to graduate one day.”

The San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development division began delivering noncredit courses, starting with basic computer, to participants at the Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center in spring 2015. Margie Pena, community developer with Neighborhood Centers Inc. (NCI), said having courses delivered onsite greatly impacts community members’ participation.

“Bringing these courses to our community removes many barriers, like transportation issues, for the students,” said Pena. “San Jacinto College’s presence is friendly, and that is what this is all about.”

Neighborhood Centers serves 24,400 people in Pasadena through the Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center. The Center supports residents in the Pasadena and South Houston community and families with children attending local schools, according to the NCI website. The Center also works to connect community residents to higher-paying jobs with local employers.

For more information regarding other TPEG funded job training programs and the bank teller fundamentals course at San Jacinto College, visit or call 281.478.3636.

About the Continuing and Professional Development division

This division at San Jacinto College provides continuing education and training for both current and future employees in the professional and technical job sectors, as well as provides the public with noncredit open enrollment course options to enhance their lives. Professional and technical training is available through contract training, open enrollment, and grant funding. For more information, call 281-476-1838 or visit the Continuing and Professional Development division website.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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