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C1 Bank and USF partner on banking institute

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  • | 3:45 p.m. April 17, 2013
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ST. PETERSBURG - C1 Bank, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), the Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) and Workforce Pinellas are working together to teach key banking principles.

Opening April 18, the USFSP Banking Institute, run by the College of Business, offers management training for the C1 Bank associates. Students and faculty from the USFSP College of Business have created a technology-based course to instruct those employees, according to a news release.

The partnership allows C1 Bank to offer training for its key bank associates, while giving USFSP students hands-on experience in mobile design, systems administration and instructional design and technology. The curriculum includes an iPad-based, Web-interfaced learning system that includes video, audio and demonstrations with which students can interact.

“This is a win-win result,” Rick Baker, former USF vice president for economic development, says in the news release. “It is exactly what universities and businesses need to be doing — collaborating in ways that grow jobs in our state and provide unique educational opportunities for our future generations.”

C1 Bank has 21 locations across Tampa Bay with more than 100 employees working in C1 Bank headquarters on the first floor of the Tampa Bay Times building.

The institute is financed through grants from C1 Bank, Work Force Pinellas and the FHTCC, according to the release. FHTCC supplied $80,000 in matching funds to develop the program. C1 Bank paid USFSP the remaining development costs and for the faculty and delivery of the course.


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