Earlier this week, Invest℠, the insurance industry's premier classroom-to-career education program announced a new partnership with Latinos in Insurance Networking for our Community (LiNC) to host virtual summer insurance education for Los Angeles high school students.
As in-person education and career opportunities continue to be canceled over concerns about COVID-19, including in-office summer internships in the insurance field, parts of the Invest online insurance curriculum will be incorporated into LiNC's summer Virtual Professional Development Series and will be taught by insurance professionals within the LiNC network.
Some of the insurance topics in the new program include: a basic introduction to insurance, managing risk, auto insurance issues and careers in insurance, as well as financial literacy, resume building, and interview skills.
“We're pleased to partner with such a great organization that focuses on bringing economic opportunities to young inner-city students from diverse ethnic backgrounds by providing internships, mentoring and networking experiences in the insurance industry," says Deborah Pickford, executive director of Invest. “Although we are sorry to see in-office internships canceled, we believe this virtual summer program will be valuable for the LiNC students."
“LiNC was not going to allow the COVID-19 pandemic stop us from carrying out our mission of helping inner-city youth find opportunities in the insurance industry," says Ana Barbosa, founder of LiNC.
“The LiNC volunteer board has worked tirelessly to develop the Virtual Professional Development Series, where students will spend the summer learning about careers in insurance, spicing up their resumes, practicing their interview skills and learning financial literacy skills," she says. “We owe a large part of our success to the Invest program partnership and are extremely grateful for the opportunity to work together to serve our students."
Approximately 12 high school students and five college students will be participating in the eight-week summer program. LiNC has donated laptops to students so they can fully participate in virtual education.
Invest and LiNC see insurance education as an important part of a high school student's education and introduction to the industry, and are proud to offer this opportunity to raise awareness among inner-city students of the vast career opportunities in insurance companies and insurance agencies.