McALLEN, RGV – IBC Bank-McAllen, a dedicated member of the Region One Deep South Texas Financial Literacy Alliance, announces its partnership with KRGV News Channel 5 to provide weekly segments, promoting financial literacy as part of the Region One Education Service Center GEAR UP program. Weekly segments will air every Thursday, beginning this month, and it will feature a different GEAR UP – Ready, Set, College! financial literacy segment.

The public service announcement (PSA) publicizing the weekly segments promotes the Alliance group and offers positive messages from South Texas educators and financial leaders, including IBC Bank, of the importance of investing in a college education and planning one’s financial future. The PSA will air continuously on KRGV-TV channel 5 and Region One GEAR UP will be showcasing this PSA during upcoming district events and at local, state and national conferences.

“We are excited for the Alliance’s partnership with KRGV-TV to announce this PSA,” IBC Bank Marketing Assistant Andrea Villaseñor said. “We are proud to support financial literacy to college students of McAllen through this medium and encourage our customers to tune into these weekly segments.”

For several years, IBC Bank has prided itself with working to secure partnerships with educators and school officials through its Money Buzz and Minitropolis® programs and the national Get Smart About Credit campaign.

“We are proud to impact our community’s financial literacy through elementary, middle school, high school and now college level students,” IBC Bank Marketing Manager Jennifer Nava said. “The partnership with the Alliance group is just one part of the bank’s mission to help students gain an understanding of financial concepts while learning the value of leadership and responsibility that will set them up for success as adults.”

Region One Education Service Center’s GEAR UP program lines up well with the bank’s mission. Thus far in 2015, IBC Bank-McAllen has given more than 150 financial literacy-based presentations reaching 3,500-plus area students and adults.

IBC Bank–McAllen is a division of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $12.1 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 208 facilities and 320 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. IBC Bank-McAllen has been serving the Hidalgo County community since 1990 and has a retail branch network of 29 locations throughout the area. IBC Bank–McAllen was named “The Best Bank in the Valley” in 2014 and 2015 by McAllen Monitor readers. It also received their readers’ “Favorite Bank” recognition in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Visit us on our YouTube channel, IBCBankWeDoMore. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION. More information is available at