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June 30, 2023

Congratulations to the 2023 Graduates of VNB’s Finance Career & Leadership Academy!

The 1st Annual Finance Career & Leadership Academy (FCLA, Academy) Graduation Ceremony and Dinner took place in Warrenton on Thursday, June 15th, at Café Torino, and in Charlottesville on Friday, June 16th, at Carmello’s Restaurant. Of the fourteen students that were accepted into the program, eleven successfully completed it – four in Warrenton and seven in Charlottesville.

Warrenton Graduation

FCLA Graduation in Warrenton

(Left to right) Larry Pitchford (Director of Human Resources, Executive Vice President), Asaph King, Jake Miller, Meghan Crider (Director of Educational Programs, Vice President), Aryan Joshi, Jack Flemming, and Glenn Rust (President & CEO of Virginia National Bankshares Corporation (VABK) and CEO of VNB).

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Charlottesville Graduation

FCLA Graduation in Charlottesville

(Front: left to right) Arjun Marwah, Bethany Miles, Meghan Crider (Director of Educational Programs, Vice President), Alexis Alms (Back: left to right) Kamryn Buckwalter, Summer Weakley, Tia Scott, and Oren Tieyah.

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The Finance Career & Leadership Academy is a free instructional program designed to not only provide advanced personal finance and employment readiness training, but also a path to career opportunities in banking for high school juniors and seniors within our communities. The Academy runs from February into June. The most promising and top performing students from the Academy are considered for VNB’s College Program (the Business/Staff Development Program).

The College Program is a bank-sponsored, comprehensive, free training program that consists of 15 courses of which 13 are accredited college/university courses (38 credit hours that are transferable to a 2 or 4-year college/university) and work projects. Participants receive fulltime pay with full fringe benefits (includes 401k with company match) while completing the program and, if successful in the program, have the potential opportunity for a career with VNB. Also, once employed, should they choose, they may go on to complete a 2 or 4-year degree at the company’s expense.

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