Columbia Bank Declared PCTI’s Business Partner of the Year!

Wayne, NJ – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) announced their Business Partner of the Year for 2016-2017 and the honor goes to none other than Columbia Bank!

PCTI and Columbia Bank launched its unique educational partnership in 2005 by creating a fully functioning bank branch in the lobby of the school- the first of its kind in NJ. Through this dynamic partnership, Columbia Bank has provided internship, job shadowing and cooperative education opportunities to hundreds of PCTI students. The bank currently employs PCTI alumni as well as working college students.

Columbia Bank is a valuable member of the school’s Academy of Finance Board. They also award college scholarships to students, send guest speakers to classes, and have participated with PCTI in the Financial Services Outlook Summit at Rutgers University, which was sponsored by the NJ Departments of Labor and Workforce Development and Education.

“Columbia Bank’s dedication to PCTI has generated positive and powerful results for our school community,” said PCTI Superintendent Diana Lobosco. “This partnership has been the catalyst in fostering financial responsibility among PCTI’s entire student body, developing skills, meeting goals and extending far beyond the boundaries of our high school campus.”

Board of Education members Michael Coscia (Commissioner), Al Alexander (President), Glenn L. Brown (Commissioner) and Damaris Solomon (Vice President), congratulate Columbia Bank Vice President, Business Developer Rich Graff and Vice President, Regional Branch Manager Barbara Schroeder on receiving PCTI’s Business Partner of the Year award.