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Press Release

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RMHS Students Complete Retail Banking Course

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Reading, MA – Students of Reading Memorial High School recently completed their semester-long Retail Banking course. The course, instructed by Mike Foley, Reading Co-operative Bank's RMHS Branch Manager, and Shelley Lynch, Business Department instructor, is designed to give students a hands-on approach to learning banking responsibilities. The twenty students, ranging from sophomores to seniors, are divided into five periods of four students to allow for one-on-one training and development while working in RCB's full-service educational branch.

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Throughout the semester, students have learned teller responsibilities, cash handling, bank security, and compliance regulations. While working as tellers they have gained experience working in a business environment and customer service skills by interaction with faculty, staff, and peers. One of the most rewarding parts of managing this branch, Mr. Foley says, is being able to watch the students grow and develop throughout the course to find their niche. "I have been teaching this course for last four years that the program has been running, and each semester I am happy to see students excel in different aspects. It is a great opportunity for them to learn skills that can't be taught in a classroom," says Foley.

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One of the course projects allowed Reading Co-operative Bank to host a resume building activity for RMHS students carried out by Maxine Hart, Chief Human Resources Officer at RCB. The activity involved a one-on-one review of each student's resume, a demonstration on how to build a resume that would stand out to employers, and a lecture on effective interviewing skills. "I found this a very satisfying experience and enjoyed the opportunity to work with such an impressive group of students," says Hart.

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Other educational activities have included group projects, and a field trip to Reading Co-operative Bank, where students met with RCB's President, Julieann Thurlow, to learn successful business and banking strategy, and completed an assignment in which students developed an advertising campaign for Reading Co-operative Bank's new mobile banking app and "pitched" their ideas to Ms. Thurlow and the Bank's Marketing Director, Shanna Cahalane.

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"I am happy to have been able to meet with such a bright and motivated group of students. Not only was it a learning opportunity for them, but it was also refreshing for me to hear their ideas," says Thurlow. "The program has been a successful partnership between the bank and RMHS and this semester has been no exception. It's great to watch the RMHS students move on from the course and be hired as interns and part-time employees. I strongly support the program and look forward to seeing it continue to grow."

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Reading Co-operative Bank is a dynamic, 21st-century community bank, founded in 1886 on the principle that profit and growth go hand-in-hand with responsible banking and service to the community. Banking Specialists can be reached at 781.942.5000 during banking hours, readingcoop.com or by visiting one of the locations in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, Woburn and now in Andover and Burlington.

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