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ESL/MCC scholars named 

ESL/MCC scholars named 

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ESL Federal Credit Union and Monroe Community College have announced their fifth class of ESL/MCC scholars, an earn-and-learn program to prepare students for a career in banking and finance.  

Students were recently welcomed to the ESL team at a scholars’ ceremony at ESL headquarters in downtown Rochester. 

The five students selected for this program are: Ranses Beltre-Romero, Andrew Friden, Emily Goossen, My Phan and Benazir Reza. 

Students are offered a part-time, paid position at one of ESL’s 23 local branches and a $1,000 scholarship for each semester they participate, up to $2,000. Students will have the opportunity to meet with and work in other departments at the company to further their professional experience. 

Benefits to ESL/MCC Scholars also include professional skill development opportunities, mentoring and exposure to a variety of career paths within the banking and finance industry. Through this collaboration, MCC students also have the option to obtain academic credit for their work experience. 

The long-term goal of the program is to retain the students upon graduation from MCC through either full-time employment at ESL, or as they work part-time while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at a local college or university (with assistance from ESL’s tuition reimbursement program). The program also supports an ESL initiative to recognize and value diversity and inclusion within the workforce. 

“Investing in education is one of the best investments we can make in a lifetime,” said Maureen Wolfe, executive vice president, human resources and community impact, ESL Federal Credit Union and a board member for the MCC Foundation. 

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