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Interface School, First National Bank of Omaha announce $70K partnership

Interface School and First National Bank of Omaha have announced a $70,000 partnership to provide students scholarship money in exchange for working as interns at the bank this fall. 

The partnership was announced Thursday night at Interface School’s inaugural class graduation.

The program will have 10-12 students this fall who will be in class for half a day and spend the other half of the day working with FNBO’s IT department to get real-world experience.

Jim Cole, VP for information technology at FNBO, said the bank recognized the tech brain drain in Nebraska and wanted to do something about it.

“It’s only going to get more difficult in the future,” Cole said at the event Thursday. “So we will become a talent incubator and change the way we find employees.”

Shonna Dorsey, managing director of the school, said the partnership blossomed a few months ago after a meeting of HR leaders from around the city.

“They all had the same challenges with hiring tech talent and asked to talk to us about another way to bring talent up to speed,” she said. 

The details are still being worked out, but the program will be available to First National employees looking to brush up on their skills and also to the general public. 

The class will start in October and an application process will be online in coming weeks, Dorsey said.

“This is incredible for Interface, and important for us to get out into the community and provide opportunities for others to learn and develop careers,” she said.

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