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TruService Community FCU Hosts First Reality Fair at Technical College
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 6:55 AM

TruService Community FCU Reality Fair

TruService Community Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Cornerstone Credit Union League, recently hosted its first-ever CU4 Reality Fair at Pulaski Technical College (PTC) through the PTC TRiO Program on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Twenty-eight students at PTC participated in the Reality Fair. Students were given a salary as they arrived, based on their educational major and future occupation, and then they moved through all 12 stations. At the end of the exercise, each student visited with a credit counselor from TruService Community Federal Credit Union to balance a personal budget tailored to their individual needs.

While participating in the Reality Fair, students made decisions such as what type of purchases to make: a car, a house and other items, investments, insurance, etc. The PTC TRiO Scholars program is a Student Supports Services program funded by the United States Department of Education.

TruService Community FCU Reality FairThe goal of TRiO Scholars is to help participants have a successful college experience and achieve their academic and personal goals. The program currently serves 180 PTC students who qualify for the services. Students must be first-generation college students (neither parent has a baccalaureate), meet income requirements based on family size, and/or have a documented disability.

"TruService Community Federal Credit Union was pleased to offer the CU4 Reality Fair to students at Pulaski Technical College," said Linda Jeffery, president and CEO of TruService. "And we continue to provide service to our community through the financial education of students."

REAL Solutions Director Paula Upchurch was in attendance at the event and said, "It was such a pleasure to participate in the CU4 Reality Fair with Pulaski College. The students were so receptive to the hands-on financial experience. Thank you, TruService, for being such a great host and for helping provide financial literacy to future credit union members."

To learn more about CU4 Reality Fairs, please visit the REAL Solutions website here or contact Paula Upchurch at pupchurch@cornerstoneleague.coop or by phone at (832) 407-7965 or (800) 442-5762, ext. 6822.

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