Weekly Feature



2014-09-10 / Business

High school junior learns trade of finance industry


Clarence High School student Andy Ritz interned with The Summit Federal Credit Union this summer as part of the Academy of Business & Finance program. Clarence High School student Andy Ritz interned with The Summit Federal Credit Union this summer as part of the Academy of Business & Finance program. The Summit Federal Credit Union partnered with Clarence High School Academy of Business & Finance student Andy Ritz to mentor him at Summit’s Clarence branch this summer as part of an internship.

Andy had the opportunity to shadow the organization’s financial professionals, assist with the development of a companywide loan campaign and perform market research.

“I learned a lot about how a financial institution is managed. It was evident to me, in order for a business to succeed, every branch, department and person needs to work together,” Ritz said. “This was apparent when I helped with the loan campaign. A number of departments had to get their hands on what I assumed was a simple task, making it the best it could be.”

The Academy of Business and Finance program is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to help students in grades 10 to 12 explore the world of business. The program is designed to connect students with the world of financial services and business related careers, and prepare them for two- and four-year college business degree programs.

Keith Parwulski, Summit’s director of regional branch services in Buffalo, became involved with the program four years ago upon its inception.

“It has been a lot of hard work and a true labor of love, and it’s been awesome to see the business community come together with the school system to accomplish a positive synergy and experience for these kids,” Parwulski said. “The Summit Federal Credit Union, in particular, believes in giving back to the communities in which we serve. What better way than investing in the future of these young students.”

Students join the Academy of Business & Finance in their sophomore year of high school and take classes such as principles of finance, principles of accounting, financial planning and business ethics, in addition to the other classes in their curriculum. Participants also attend various workshops throughout the year. During the summer of their junior and senior years they complete a 130-hour paid internship program.

2015 will be a milestone, as the academy will celebrate its first graduating class.

Return to top


Clarence Special Events 2018
Click for schedule