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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 services. However, our work doesn't stop there. We're committed to helping educate youth and adults on financial topics and planning so they’re prepared to make the most sound decisions and foster their brightest possible futures.

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

desjardins award presentation at Annual Meeting

"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

"This is all in an effort to put youth on a positive financial path and give them the tools for sound financial decision making throughout their lives. It's important work that connects back to our cooperative principles and over-arching philosophy of 'People Helping People.'"

- Linda Hale, Wisconsin Credit Union League

We foster financial literacy in a variety of 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 talking with student during Reality Day financial event

  •  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.

Tiger Credit Union employees outside in-school branch

  • Certified Financial Counselors on Staff: CCU Loan Officer Jason Breining and Onalaska Branch Manager Sue Jacobson are Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors after completing coursework and training through the Credit Union National Association. They counsel members on budgeting, the importance of saving and reduction of debt and the value of a healthy credit score. Financial counseling is an inherent and natural part of the work all CCU employees provide as they interact with members.

  • Support for a Finance & Investment Challenge Bowl for Area Students: Our credit union was one of several area credit unions who assisted with coordinating and sponsoring a financial quiz bowl-style competition for area high school students in early 2018. The fun, interactive competition challenged students knowledge on a variety of finance- and economics-related topics.
CCU employee serves as challenge bowl quizmaster

  • Free Financial Education Sessions: We work to offer several free financial education sessions on various topics in area communities throughout the year. They include, but are not limited to, budgeting, estate planning and home buying. Check our News & Events page for updates on our programs.