Summer Employment Program Visits Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

Mr. Kirk Kordeleski, President & CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union answers some thoughtful questions from our students.
Mr. Kirk Kordeleski, President & CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union answers some thoughtful questions from our students.
Mr. Robert Suarez talking about life skills that will help you become successful.
Mr. Robert Suarez talking about life skills that will help you become successful.
 Mr. Robert Lund speaking about the importance of an education.
Mr. Robert Lund speaking about the importance of an education.
Mr. Gary Jendras, VP Internal Audit talked about security in a highly technological world.
Mr. Gary Jendras, VP Internal Audit talked about security in a highly technological world.
Mr. Anthony Edelman feels a positive attitude will take you far in what ever you chose.
Mr. Anthony Edelman feels a positive attitude will take you far in what ever you chose.
Assistant Vice President for Project Management Mr. Edward Bossong spoke about the incredible variety of current projects at Bethpage.
Assistant Vice President for Project Management Mr. Edward Bossong spoke about the incredible variety of current projects at Bethpage.

Not everyone gets the opportunity to witness the inner workings of a major financial institution. But 30 lucky South Huntington students who were a part of this summer’s employment program got just such a chance. They spent close to 4 hours at the corporate headquarters of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. South Huntington’s Summer Employment program comprises students from Project Excel, as well as students whose guidance counselors and teachers believed that they would benefit most from the program.  Administered by Mr. David Perkins, South Huntington’s districtwide Program Excel coordinator, and funded by a grant from Suffolk County, the program is in its fourth year in the district.

After a short introduction, the students were divided into small groups for tours of the Bethpage headquarters, including the vault, which was a big hit. Settling into the employee lunchroom with a hearty breakfast, our students listened to some of Bethpage’s top executives, who spoke about their experiences as young adults and what they felt were important factors in reaching the level of success they had achieved. The students had many questions for each of the speakers, and the quality of their questions left the South Huntington chaperones immensely proud.

“A theory that I believe in strongly is that a company can only grow and become successful as long as the people at the top continue to learn and change,” said Mr. Kirk Kordeleski, President & CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union. “Life is about a continual process of learning.”

“You are all smart,” he continued. “The difference in what makes people successful is their willingness to learn and how hard they work,” said Mr. Kordeleski. “Sometimes opportunities that come your way may not at first look like opportunities. But they are out there for all of us, and it’s about learning and working hard.”

Bethpage’s VP for Residential Mortgage Lending, Mr. Robert Lund, spoke about the importance of an education. “It’s the best back-up plan you can have,” said Mr. Lund, who as a young man thought he might become a professional athlete. “It’s important to work hard and get a good education. A good education will help you later in life, and sometimes, as was the case for me, when you least expect it.”

Mr. Robert Suarez, Assistant Vice President for Community Development at Bethpage, spoke about finding passion and building life skills to help guide you along the way. “Education is going to be key. In any area you pursue, education is very important,” said Mr. Suarez.  “Another important life skill is building financial stability for yourself. Understanding how finances work and the impact that financial stability has on your future is critical. Respect is the third important life skill,” continued Mr. Suarez. “As you become a young adult, it’s important to respect yourself and know what you want to excel to, not taking no for an answer. There are no barriers to where you can go with a good set of life skills.”

“A good attitude and the ability to learn—that’s what helped me move my career forward,” said Mr. Anthony Edelman, Bethpage’s Assistant Vice President for Support Services. “No matter how long that road in front of you seems to be, go in there with a great attitude and a willingness to learn different things, and you will have the ability to be successful.”

The Bethpage field trip was the culminating event to a highly successful summer program, and the district would like to thank Bethpage President and CEO Mr. Kirk Kordeleski, Bethpage Business Development Representative Mr. Ever Martinez, and speakers Robert Lund, Robert Suarez, Anthony J. Edelman, Gary Jendras, and Edward Bossong for their time and commitment to community spirit and mentoring our young adults.