Guidance Steers Employee Success

Staten Island business bank lauds trend toward internships, mentors


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Students who can get a jump start on career-track experience are in the best position to land jobs projected to be most in demand.

Victory State Bank, Staten Island's only community-based commercial bank, welcomes the emerging trend of partnerships that are growing between industry groups and community colleges.

The U.S. Labor Department has been funding programs for training in new careers, notably where industries that are developing struggle to find workers with the skills sought.

Today's Thomas L. Friedman column in the New York Times describes a reluctance among employers to train employees, as had been done traditionally. 

Instead, they want workers who Friedman says are "ready to plug and play."

To fill that vacuum, community colleges and training centers have been forming ties with regional employers, unions and industry groups. These kinds of partnerships are supported by Labor Department funds. 

With these programs, students and people who are learning on the job are being guided toward career paths.

Friedman cites Gallup findings that workplace success could be traced to students whose teachers became mentors and gave encouragement.

"The need for schools to have a good grasp of what employers are looking for and for employers to be communicating with schools about those skills is greater than ever," Friedman writes.




About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQB: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank.  For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online

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