GALVAN ELEMENTARY KICKED-OFF MINITROPOLIS® PROGRAM
(DECEMBER 1, 2017) CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
- IBC Bank-Corpus Christi CEO and President, Harold Shockley, Jr. visited students at Galvan Elementary to prepare them for the opening of the Minitropolis® program in September 2018. This is the first time a Minitropolis® program has been organized in Corpus Christi. The Minitropolis® program teaches school-aged students important financial concepts that can be utilized throughout their lives. The launch of this mini city will provide students with a fully functioning, real-life community to create an engaging academic learning experience.
To prepare for the Minitropolis® program, students met with Shockley to discuss important banking and saving principles.
"IBC Bank's commitment to serving the community is an important part of who we are as a business. We are honored to share financial principles with the students of Galvan Elementary that will position them for success in not only their academic career, but professional as well," said Shockley.
IBC Bank-Corpus Christi works with school officials to develop the concept for Minitropolis®, with a goal of helping students understand the value of leadership and responsibility that will set them up for success as adults. As part of IBC Bank's commitment to "We Do More" in the communities it serves, the program creates a financial services learning environment where students can apply learned banking and saving principles to foster knowledge of financial concepts.
"The Corpus Christi community strongly believes in preparing our students for financial success. By partnering with local business, such as IBC Bank, these goals can not only be attained, but surpassed," said Diana Ybarra, Galvan Elementary Principal.
The goal of the program is to provide students with the social, academic, real-life skills they need to be successful and responsible citizens while introducing them to different career opportunities. It also gives the students the opportunity to apply concepts learned in a traditional classroom setting to real-life scenarios.
The Minitropolis® concept was first established by IBC Bank in the Rio Grande Valley as an interactive way to teach financial concepts. The success of the program has prompted IBC Bank to expand the concept to other markets in cities across Texas.
About IBC Bank-Corpus Christi
IBC Bank-Corpus Christi is a division of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $12.2 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 193 facilities and more than 296 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. In 2016, IBC celebrated its 50th anniversary since it opened its doors for business in 1966. IBC Bank's slogan "We Do More" reflects the bank's dedication to the growth and success of both the customers and the communities it serves. International Bancshares was ranked 46th on Forbes' prestigious list of 100 Best Banks in America in 2017. IBC Bank-Corpus Christi has been serving the Coastal Bend community since 1995 and has a retail branch network of nine locations. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION. Visit us on our YouTube channel, IBCBankWeDoMore. More information is available at ibc.com.