Growing their financial literacy footprint, First Metro Bank in partnership with the Colbert County Board of Education, announces the opening of student-operated branches at Cherokee, Colbert County, and Colbert Heights High Schools. With the addition of the three in-school branches, First Metro Bank’s nationally recognized program expands to six total schools including Florence High School, Muscle Shoals High School, and most recently, Athens High School. The new school branches, which are scheduled to open in August 2019, will offer traditional banking products and services that are available only to students, faculty, staff, and administration.
“Since 2013, First Metro Bank’s school branch model has created an innovative program providing students with real-world experiences including financial education, job skills, and mentoring opportunities,” said Alana Parker, First Metro Bank Community Reinvestment Officer. “Through the unrelenting support of local schools and the FDIC, this program is helping students understand personal financial literacy and offering them the tools needed to become financially-stable, knowledgeable adults.”
“I am honored to partner with First Metro Bank and have their presence in our schools,” said Dr. Gale Satchel, Superintendent of Colbert County Schools. “Our students will have first-class financial literacy at their fingertips. I want to give a special thanks to Mr. Howard and the First Metro Bank Board of Directors for believing in the students of the Colbert County School District.”
“The First Metro Bank student-operated locations are, and will continue to be, a momentous part of our financial literacy efforts as our desire to provide local students with financial education is a high priority,” said Rodney Howard, First Metro Bank President and CEO. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with Colbert County Schools while increasing students’ awareness of financial responsibility prior to graduation.”
First Metro Bank is dedicated to providing financial education, as empowering students with these critical life skills is a major component of maintaining a strong, successful community.