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November 26, 2001|STAFF REPORTS

GAFCU tax seminar in

El Centro and Calexico

The Government Agencies Federal Credit Union members financial services program will host a tax law change seminar beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the GAFCU's El Centro branch and Thursday at the GAFCU's Calexico branch.

Contact a local GAFCU branch or GAFCU's call center at 337-4200 to make reservations.

New option for clinical training at ECRMCAn agreement with the Bryman School of Phoenix will open the way for surgical technicians to get their clinical training in the operating rooms of El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Virgie Galindo, assistant administrator and chief nursing officer, said the students will complete 11 months of college-level classroom work and hands on laboratory experience before being assigned to a 320-hour externship to qualify them for surgical technologist credentials.


"The agreement was inspired by several Imperial Valley students enrolled at Bryman School who wished to get their clinical experience closer to home.

Galindo described the pact as a win-win situation that also "gives us a recruitment pool of certified surgical technicians."

Bryman, under the agreement, will provide an external evaluator to monitor the students' progress on a weekly basis. The agreement calls upon the hospital to accept one student for each rotation, but Galindo said the hospital is prepared to accept up to two externships per rotation when the need exists.

The one-year agreement authorized by the hospital's board of trustees is automatically renewable unless notified in advance by either party.

El Centro native joins RBC Dain Rauscher

PORTLAND, Ore. — El Centro native W. Bruce Anderholt II has joined RBC

Dain Rauscher as a financial consultant in its Portland office.

As a financial consultant, he assists individual and corporate clients in selecting appropriate investments including stocks, taxable and tax-exempt bonds, options and mutual funds. He also assists clients with retirement plans and money management programs.

RBC Dain Rauscher Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY), is the parent company of RBC Dain Rauscher and

Tucker Anthony Sutro, which combined to form the nation's ninth-largest full-service securities firm with more than 2,000 investment executives

and 6,000 employees.

The companies serve individual investors and small

business owners through offices coast to coast and capital markets and correspondent clients in select U.S. and international markets.

Founded in 1909, RBC Dain Rauscher is a member of the New York Stock Exchange

and other major securities exchanges, as well as the Securities Investor Protection Corp.

First National Bank moves to new location First National Bank has announced the relocation of its Calexico branch office to its newly built branch on the corner of Fourth Street and Paulin Avenue, at 100 E. 4th St.

The branch opened Monday. The new location features an ATM, night drop, safe deposit boxes and plenty of parking.

A grand opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Those interested in attending are requested to call Maritza Cabanas at 768-2740.

In celebration of the opening, the Calexico office is offering a grand-opening bonus rate CD that offers an extra 30 percent over the current rate on any CD from $10,000 to $99,999 and an extra 50 percent on any CD $100,000 or more. A minimum $10,000 deposit will lock in the investment.

The Calexico office also is offering six months of free of service charge on any unanalyzed business checking account. Other benefits include: first order of checks free, small business loan fee discounts and free online banking services for unanalyzed business customers. These offers are only good through the end of this year.

First National Bank is a full-service bank offering a broad array of products and services for businesses and individuals.

Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays. Visit First National Bank online at

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