Security First Hosts Students for Job Shadowing

On April 18, 36 students from Palmview and Juarez Lincoln High Schools of La Joya ISD visited McAllen Construction, Security First Credit Union, Hidalgo County Courthouse, Univision Radio, and Doctor’s Hospital Renaissance to learn more about possible future careers. The employers opened their doors to the students to help the students learn more about the world of work as they prepare for the future. Participation was coordinated by RGV LEAD as part of its work in the Mission Career Center Project, which is funded by the Mission Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with La Joya ISD, Mission CISD, Sharyland ISD, and other partners. Job shadowing is an important component of the project because it gives students the opportunity to explore careers that interest them, to learn more about the needs of the world of work, and to experience first-hand the “real world” applications of their academic studies.

At Security First Credit Union, seven students shadowed various departments according to their career interests. From the office of the President to the IT department, the students got a first-hand look into the world of a credit union. The students enjoyed their time at Security First Credit Union. They asked many questions and learned a lot. Employees and students both enjoyed their time together.

Jose Flores, a senior at Juarez Lincoln High School, had the opportunity to spend half a day with the President/CEO of Security First Credit Union, Al Beltran. Beltran shared his own background and education and discussed with Jose the difference between a bank and a credit union and the story of how the credit union came to exist. Jose learned what “stockholders” are, as well as the terminology of finance, such as “balance sheets,” “assets,” and “capital.” Beltran shared information about the importance of customer service, stating: “Customer service is important! Treat people right and be loyal. When you build relationships, you build loyalty.”

Beltran also explained the importance of managing your credit and the reason it is not good to “max out” credit cards. Beltran explained: “Managing your credit is very important! Learn to manage your credit so that you can get a car loan at a low interest. Also, some employers do credit checks as part of the hiring process so you want to make sure can show them you have financial responsibility.”

Jose was very interested in everything Beltran had to share. Interested in the fields of law and business, Jose stated: “The history of the bank and how they grew and the planning and strategic plans it take to run a credit union was very interesting…I learned a lot, and I didn’t think it would be so much work.” Jose is currently taking dual enrollment courses at high school to help prepare him for his career goals. The next job shadowing opportunity will be in May, coordinated by RGV LEAD.

Students left to right: Jose Aguilar, Jose Flores, Rolando Garcia, Estefany Lopez, Fabiola Guerrero, Gerardo Perez, and Louis Rodriguez.

Security First Credit Union staff left to right: Michael Ramos, Accounting Manager; Al Beltran, President/CEO; Blanca W. Salinas, Marketing Communications Coordinator; Cyndy Ramos, EVP/CFO and Wendy Lopez, IS & Telecommunication Manager.

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