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STAR Bank @ JA Biztown

STAR Bank - Fort Wayne, Indiana

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Financial Education
  • Asset Size: Small

STAR Bank partnered with JA Biz Town to create not just a typical branch in the town, but a high-tech, high-touch branch that is engaging to students. The STAR Branch has not only the typical branch positions, but a Security Officer position that includes a live camera feed in which the Security Officer can see several areas surrounding and in the branch. The branch also includes a working Integrated Teller Machine simulator. Students standing outside the branch can utilize the ITM to speak via video to a student inside the branch. STAR Bank went above and beyond to create a branch where students are saying: "Wow; I didn't know having a career in banking and finance could be fun!" or "I didn't realize how much technology is in banking." We see this branch as an investment in the future: future bank employees and future community leaders, as well as a opportunity to teach students about finances for the future. While you can't see the entire Branch in action and all the great technology through this video, you can get a glimpse of the program from a student's eyes: https://vimeo.com/430387621/faf19f4adb. JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. (Grades 4-6)