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Co-op Credit Union

Financial Education

We’re an Educational Resource

Have you heard the term “financial literacy”? It's part of our mission.


Of course, we’re here to help you with your financial needs through our products and services. But, we’re also committed to helping educate youth and adults on financial topics so they’re prepared to make the most sound decisions to foster their brightest possible futures.

How do we do that? In many ways, including: 
  • Reality Days at Area High Schools: We sponsor and coordinate life-like simulations designed to give a window into income, expenses and budgeting needed to help navigate post-high school life. Students are given life scenarios and are sent to different stations where they make decisions about child care, housing, clothing, food and entertainment as they maintain and balance their checking accounts, pay off debt and save for rainy days and the future.
employee teaching student during reality day
  •  Tiger Credit Union, Our In-School Branch at Black River Falls High School: Tiger Credit Union, a division of Co-op Credit Union, is in its third year and is one of more than 100 in-school credit union branches in Wisconsin. The branch is operated by student Member Service Representatives who not only conduct transactions but also help educate their peers on savings and finances.
people standing by Tiger Credit Union branch and sign
  • A Certified Financial Counselor on Staff: CCU Member Account Representative Jason Breining became a certified financial counselor in 2017 after 8 months of education and training from the Credit Union National Association. He counsels members on budgeting, the importance of saving and reduction of debt and the value of a healthy credit score.

CCU was honored by the Wisconsin Credit Union League with a first-place award for financial education for youth. CCU was one of just four credit unions to receive the Desjardins Award in 2017.

two people holding award

"We are honored and humbled to receive this award because we are committed to education and serving as a resource for financial literacy. It represents the work of the entire credit union staff, past and present, to bring financial education to youth and set them on a path to future success.”
- Eric L. Chrisinger, CCU President/CEO