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TopLine FCU helps provide high school students with real world experience
MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (12/6/10)--Through Minnesota nonprofit BestPrep and the North Hennepin Area Chamber of Commerce, employees at TopLine FCU have partnered with Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park in volunteering to help students understand the relationship between classroom learning and career skills.
Click to view larger image Students at Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park, Minn. are getting real-world mentoring via e-mail from employees of TopLine FCU.
BestPrep’s program, eMentors, joins business professionals with senior high school students to offer career-related advice and a glimpse into post-secondary and real-world experiences. TopLine FCU employees have been serving as one-on-one email mentors to Park Center’s International Baccalaureate Business Management students during the Fall 2010 semester. With the guidance of their teachers, these students have been corresponding weekly with their mentors to help them understand how to apply what they learn in the classroom to the workplace. The TopLine eMentors share their post-secondary and work-related experiences, along with career-related tips, to help students prepare for life after high school. “An email mentoring partnership between students and volunteers from almost any career field helps students understand how to connect what they learn in the classroom with what they can do for a career,” said Bob Kaitz, president/CEO of BestPrep. “This has been a rewarding experience for our employees and demonstrates their commitment to help future generations succeed,” says Harry Carter, president and CEO, TopLine FCU. “Providing a positive experience for youth to understand what they learn in the classroom and how this applies to life after post-secondary is one of many ways our employees carry on our goal of giving back to our communities.” Based in Maple Grove, Minn., Topline FCU has $275 million in assets.


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