ICCU in the Classroom/Youth Financial Literacy
Credit Union employees volunteer their time in the classroom as Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers, as classroom educators and to support boys and girls clubs, scouts and other community groups.
From kindergarten to high school, students are learning about smart money management and saving one classroom at a time. Educational topics include, but are not limited to:
- Saving Money
- Opening A Saving Account: How To
- Credit: Tool or Trap?
- Credit: Broke and Bankrupt
- Tips to Buying and Financing Your First Car
- Basic Budgeting: Why Am I So Broke?
- Money Management
- Financial Services: How To Open and Use
- Job Interviewing Skills
- Cooperatives and cooperation
- And many more...
Financial Literacy Commitment: ICCU employees volunteer in the classroom, serve on the JA Board of Directors, and on various state and local educational committees. The ICCU Board of Directors supports and encouraged youth financial literacy education, as part of ICCU's mission.
In partnership with Junior Achievement (JA), ICCU proudly supports JA Job Shadow Day each year. Students are introduced to various jobs in the credit union starting with a special message from the CEO. A tour of the facility follows with individuals job shadow teams in various departments. After the shadow experience, the students come back together for pizza and conversation. When leaving, each is given a goody bag from ICCU.
2013-- Mary McGuire: Tuesday, March 12, 2013
2012 -- Fancher Falcons: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Fifth grade students from Fancher Elementary visited ICCU on Tuesday, February 7th for Junior Achievement (JA) Job Shadow Day. Pictures were taken and shared by the marketing (shadow) students during the pizza party. Taking a picture of the welcome sign; in the lobby after using the free coin counter; the wrap-up session offered the chance to share what they had learned. One student said, "I am going to the CEO here when I'm 16...see you then!"
2011 -- Fancher Falcons: Click here for pictures from the Tuesday, February 8th event.
2010 -- Mary McGuire: Students from Mrs. Walter's fifth grade class joined-in a 1/2 day of education and fun. The pictures and quotes below were collected by the Marketing Job Shadow students Aaron, Caitlyn and Kaleb.
Quotes from Job Shadow Days
"All jobs are pretty important in a credit union."
"You need to know math and spelling skills
"I learned how to write a check and balance the account."
"You need an education to be a VP."
"I want to be a teller, they have fun!"
"The credit union likes to give loans, and the loan officers like their jobs."
A note from the teacher:
ICCU Named MPATC "Outstanding Business of Year"
Proudly, CEO/President Jay Anders accepted the "Outstanding Business of 2011" at the Mt. Pleasant Area Technical Center Awards Ceremony on Thursday evening February 9, 2011.
Anders was presented with a plaque from MPATC Director, Mr. Mike Pung for "outstanding support of the career technical center at the MPATC at the Mt. Pleasant High School."
ICCU was recognized for their "continued support of youth financial literacy education, classroom presentations, operating the Student-Run Credit Union" to educate students about smart money management, "and for always asking, "how can we help?" in the financial, volunteer and academic areas. The credit union is also involved in school programs such as helping to raise funds for the Miles for Miracles Cancer Awareness campaigns, and supporting the cooperative (co-op) education program by 'hiring, training and promoting' young people for more than 30 years.
Co-Op Success: Currently, the credit union has two high school student tellers on staff who support the Student-Run Credit Union at the high school. Both Alicia and Kiegan were also recognized as National Technical Honor Society inductiees in the area of Accounting, as nominated by Teacher Kerry Lockwood.
(Pictured: Alicia and Kiegan before the ceremony)
"The co-op program has been an extremely successful one for ICCU," says CEO/President Anders. "Our Executive Vice President and Accounting Supervisor are both former co-op students," Anders said. "We are proud to reach, teach and inspire young people, and are honored to receive this recognition."