STAR Bank is teaming up with Zionsville Community High School to operate a fully functional branch where high school students will be working side-by-side in an immersive learning center with bankers during school hours.

With Indiana workforce development top of mind and at a time when retaining the best talent is paramount, the two organizations found a natural alignment of values, passion and innovative spirit throughout the planning process to deliver a unique and meaningful environment for the ZCS community. The partnership will be one of the first of its kind in the Hoosier state; however, similar collaborations with financial institutions currently exist in California, Louisiana and New Jersey.

The partnership will establish a fully functioning financial center located adjacent to the Zionsville Performing Arts Center, allowing community members to access both the box office and STAR Bank from one secure entrance. Additionally, through a commitment to improve the outdated production technology, lighting and sound in the auditorium, the Performing Arts Center will officially become the STAR Bank Performing Arts Center.

For the banking center, the plan is to have student employees of the bank, with full-time STAR Bank employees overseeing the operations. STAR is committed to providing financial literacy information and discussions in collaboration with the outstanding Zionsville business faculty.

“The goal of this partnership is to enhance our ability to teach teamwork, customer service, security, technology, innovation and financial literacy to all students who are involved,” said Zionsville Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Robison. “This will also broaden our ability to provide shadowing opportunities, internships and exposure to modern-day bank operations.”

STAR Financial Bank, headquartered in Fort Wayne, has grown to $2 billion in assets with locations across Central and Northeast Indiana.

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