In partnership with Sacred Heart School in Grand Forks, Choice Bank has granted scholarships to three graduating seniors for their outstanding contributions and leadership in the Choice Bank Business and Values Program: Ben Goetz, Aaron Stickman, and Michael Suda. Each student will receive a $500 scholarship on behalf of Choice to put toward their college tuition next year.
The Choice Bank Business and Values Program first took shape out of a discussion around the importance of teaching students business literacy between Choice Bank CEO Brian Johnson, School President Carl Adolphson, and Sacred Heart Foundation Officer Mark Brickson.
Throughout the summer, Sam Berg, Director of Organizational Effectiveness, worked closely with Career and Technical Educator at Sacred Heart, Laurie Ball, to develop the program. It was then launched at the beginning of the 2019 academic school year with some classes filled to their limit due to the high interest of students.
The program itself greatly expanded the school’s business program to add additional courses in Microsoft Office Suite, Personal & Business Law, Accounting, and Entrepreneurship for students to take. To accommodate the expansion of the business program, Choice Bank funded a new business lab, which included the necessary software tools students would be using. Additionally, Choice Bank team members from various departments participated in classroom lectures over the course of the school year to bring real-world context to the classroom.
And although the first year of the program was a success, we hope to continue developing the program by building off our collaborative partnership with Sacred Heart to provide more invaluable experiences to students such as mentorship opportunities.