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Nancy Salas Martinez

Nancy Salas Martinez, a 28-year-old married mother of two young boys, learned her strong work ethic from her parents. Nancy’s family moved to Pasadena from Mexico when she was five. Her dad also instilled in Nancy the drive to stay positive, and to keep the words “I can’t” out of her vocabulary.

“We came here for a better life,” said Nancy. “My dad is a hardworking person, [as is] my mom. My dad [taught me] that there are opportunities everywhere.”

Nancy is a grateful DACA recipient. She feels her visa has opened doors and enabled her to pursue her dream career. “…Just give me a chance,” Nancy feels about her DACA status, “I will [show you] what I can do. DACA has given me [possibilities].”

Nancy had high hopes after graduating high school, but getting pregnant at 18 dashed her dream of going to college. At that time, she became focused on being a good mom to her young child.

Nancy had always aspired to have a career in the banking industry – a career that would provide financial stability.

“More than anything, I’ve always [wanted] to grow a career in banking…but it wasn’t as easy as I thought it [would be],” she said.

Nancy applied for jobs in different banks through the years, but couldn’t seem to get her foot in the door. She found a job at ACE Cash Express to gain cash handling experience while working a second job at Subway to make ends meet. In her six years at Subway, her hard work earned her a management position.

After years of working two jobs to help support her family, Nancy was ready for a change.

“I got to that moment where I [realized] there was something better for me out there,” said Nancy. “For me, that was [SER’s] BankWork$ [Training Program].”

Nancy heard about BankWork$ through SER’s outreach efforts, and knew it was time to make that change in her life.

“The BankWork$ program was challenging, [having to] put myself out there and meeting new people,” said Nancy, “but I loved it – I loved every part of it.”

Nancy utilized the studying time required in her training to deepen her connection to her children.

“They were excited to see me doing homework [as they did their’s],” she said.

Nancy hopes to be an inspiration to her children, showing them that they can achieve great things in their futures.

Nancy’s hard work and dedication were noticed by her SER Career Coach, Erica Tirado. Erica describes Nancy as motivated, professional, and praised Nancy for her perseverance.

“I’m eager to grow and push myself as much as I can,” said Nancy, “My mind is open to anything that comes along.”

Soon after completing BankWork$, Nancy accepted a Retail Banker position at Woodforest National Bank, where she will start her new job on November 20. She sees this opportunity as the first step in the career that she’s always wanted.

“I’m very blessed to have found BankWork$,” said Nancy. “[The program] has opened up a lot of doors for me, and I am very much looking forward to [my future].”

“More than anything, [my advice to others considering BankWork$] would be to never give up …if [success] can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.”      

Thank you to our partners at Allegiance Bank, BBVA Compass, The Sheri & Les Biller Family Foundation, Capital One, Space City Credit Union, and Wells Fargo for making Nancy's story possible!