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A+ FCU Opens Branch in High School
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6:45 AM

A+ FCU and Round Rock ISD have collaborated to promote financial literacy at Round Rock High School (RRISD) and to prepare students for the work force through a student-operated, high school branch of the credit union starting in the 2014-2015 school year.

According to credit union officials, the branch will be staffed by three to five student interns who will receive school credit and pay for their work. The interns will be responsible for providing onsite financial services to peers, faculty and staff members, as well as community members. A supervisor from the A+FCU Round Rock branch will oversee office operations and conduct account opening and loan processes.

While not the first of its kind, Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Courtney Moran says having a credit union branch in the school represents a great opportunity for the students. Not only does this provide added convenience to conduct basic financial transactions, Moran says it provides job opportunities and enhancement to financial education in the school.

"Our team at Round Rock High School works diligently to prepare students for college and the workforce,” RRHS Principal Natalie Nichols said. “When we can add the component of career experience to the instruction our students receive in the classroom, it can be a special experience and opportunity for learning. I'm excited for this partnership, and what it can offer for our students."

As part of the partnership, A+FCU will establish a scholarship program for RRISD students and provide a micro-loan fund for the entrepreneur class. Additionally, A+FCU will incur the costs associated with the finished branch area within the school and the necessary equipment for its operations.

Additionally, A+FCU will incur the costs associated with the finished branch area within the school and the necessary equipment for its operations.

“We are thrilled to partner with Round Rock ISD in opening its first high school branch,” A+FCU CEO Kerry A.S. Parker said. “By working together, we will help improve the financial literacy of tomorrow’s leaders. More than ever, it’s important to have an understanding of smart money management. This high school branch will give students the tools they need to prepare themselves for the future.”

Because it will be open to the public and with its proximity to elementary and middle schools, the branch will also provide the ultimate convenience for Round Rock families, students and teachers, Parker said.