Citizens First Bank Sponsors Workforce Development Initiative at Clinton Community College

Citizens First Bank presents a sponsorship check to Eastern Iowa Community Colleges for Manufacturing Awareness Program. Pictured from left to right: Jim Brattvet, Tim Cottle, Jane Beinke, Stephen Clements, Kathy Forrest, Brian Kelly, and Erin Cole.

Citizens First Bank is very pleased to announce a $2500 sponsorship of the Manufacturing Awareness program at Clinton Community College.  The funds will provide scholarships for students to participate in the Manufacturing Awareness program through Eastern Iowa Community Colleges.  The series of online classes provides an overview of topics such as forklift safety, assembly, and supply chain management to encourage students to explore a career in manufacturing.  Ultimately, the students can pursue certificates in Manufacturing Awareness and Manufacturing Fundamentals as part of the course.  The class launched in June 2020 to instant popularity; 42 students have already completed the program.   The program is designed for adult students, many of whom are already part of the local workforce, but not in the manufacturing sector.

Clinton Community College President Brian Kelly remarked, “This program is a great way for anyone to explore the path of manufacturing and learn the basics.  It’s a first step for these students to become part of our local workforce and secure stable employment.  We sincerely thank Citizens First Bank for their support and sponsorship!”

The Clinton Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) works closely with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges to develop and promote workforce development.  CRDC President & CEO Erin Cole underscores the importance of the initiative, stating,  “Workforce Development is a critical area of focus for us; we are grateful to Citizens First Bank for this support that allows us to retain talent in our local workforce.  Clinton Community College provides this unique learning opportunity, and in turn our region benefits by matching homegrown talent with careers that are in high demand.”

Citizens First Bank President & CEO Kathy Forrest shared, “We thank the Clinton Regional Development Corporation and Clinton Community College for their work to address workforce needs for our region.  Citizens First Bank, a locally owned community bank, is proud to support this initiative through our sponsorship.  We know students will appreciate the practical opportunity to further their education and explore new things.”

About Citizens First Bank

Chartered in 2000, Citizens First Bank plays an important role in community banking. Its products provide customers with effective, locally owned banking choices, the latest technology, and services expertise. Headquartered at 1442 Lincoln Way in Clinton, Citizens First Bank also has branches at 403 S Washington Blvd, Camanche and at 1329 N 2nd St, Clinton.  This year, Citizens First Bank is happy to be celebrating 20 years of Banking as it should be.