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Smart Financial Foundation Hosts CollegeCommunityCareer Event
Friday, October 14, 2016 6:50 AM

The Smart Financial Foundation hosted a dozen local high school students participating in CollegeCommunityCareer program at its corporate headquarters in Houston (6051 North Course Drive) on Monday, July 18.

Smart Financial Foundation staff along with Smart Financial Credit Union employees toured the facility with students while sharing vital information about the difference between a bank and a credit union, along with what career paths are available at both types of financial institutions.

The dozen participating students represented various local high schools as listed below. Students participating in the visit to the credit union headquarters included:

  • AJ Bristol – Stafford High School
  • Mariah Campbell – Westfield High School
  • Russel Davenport-Taylor – Davis High School
  • Aracely De La Portilla – Davis High School
  • Kathryn Dimalaluan – Westfield High School
  • Raphael Gallegos – Westchester Academy
  • Ezequiel Leyva – Northbrook High School
  • Elizet Maciel – Northbrook High School
  • Karla Mejia – Davis High School
  • Eliceo Olmos – Spring Woods High School
  • Lizbeth Romano – Northbrook High School 
  • Karen Villegas Guio – Davis High School

“We are excited to partner with Smart Financial Foundation through our CollegeCommunityCareer program,” said Barbara Iwunze, program manager at CollegeCommunityCareer. “The presentation they gave to our students will certainly help our goal to better prepare them as future leaders of our city, state and nation.”

Founded in 2012, CommunityCollegeCareer is a nonprofit that partners with area high school students beginning in their sophomore year and works with them until they have completed a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is based on four pillars: college success, leadership development, civic engagement, and career discovery. It provides organized instruction from sophomore through senior years of high school.

“Smart Financial Foundation was proud to share insight into career paths available at a financial institution. These students show so much promise and truly embody the four pillars of the CollegeCommunityCareer program,” said Tiffany Halfon, director at the Smart Financial Foundation. “This program is just another example of how we continue to partner with community organizations and make a difference in the lives of our youth.”

Dedicated to changing lives, improving communities, and achieving dreams, the Smart Financial Foundation was formed in 2013. The Smart Financial Foundation continues to partner with other organizations to help further educate students in the community it serves. The Smart Financial Foundation also supports charities that help children, indigent healthcare, and the overall educational community.

For more information regarding the Smart Financial Foundation, its work, and how to become a donor, visit the Smart Foundation or connect with them on Facebook.

About Smart Financial Foundation

Dedicated to giving back to communities the “Smart” way, the Smart Financial Foundation was formed in 2013 with the purpose of giving back to communities that Smart Financial Credit Union serves. A registered 501c(3), the Smart Financial Foundation strives to change lives, improve communities and achieve dreams by donating time, money and other resources to not only individuals but also to organizations that help raise credit union awareness. For more information, visit SmartFoundation, call 713-407-1923 or engage with the Smart Financial Foundation on Facebook.

About CollegeCommunityCenter

CollegeCommunityCareer fosters a college-going culture with low income, first generation high school students and families. We prepare students for admission to and graduation from a four year university based on these four pillars: college success, leadership development, civic engagement and career discovery. Our vision is an employed civically-minded, college graduate. For more information, visit