Christian Financial Credit Union, De La Salle Collegiate High School Partner in Launch of Student Branch

Aug 31, 2010, 15:23 ET from Christian Financial Credit Union

WARREN, Mich., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Christian Financial Credit Union is launching its first student-run branch inside of De La Salle Collegiate High School.  This unique location will be operated by students at De La Salle for the benefit of students and school administrators under the cooperative management of Christian Financial and De La Salle.  Students employed at the DLS branch will be in charge of the day-to-day operations, as well as marketing the branch within the school.  Participating students will receive cooperative credit, and several were employed as summer interns at CFCU, which gave them the opportunity to learn branch functions and develop a marketing plan for their branch.

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Students were selected for the inaugural year from a pool of 26 applicants.  DLS Business teacher Dee Ann Halfmann and CFCU Business Development Officer Christine Quitter conducted interviews and completed the hiring process.  Students were considered based on attendance, GPA and other relevant details.  According to Quitter, "I was so impressed by the level of professionalism the students put forth.  They really showed us how determined and focused they are to succeed in today's work force."  Summer interns didn't waste any time in establishing their own branding, as well as producing video content and developing promotional ideas in preparation for the branch launch, happening this week.

In addition to the student-run branch, CFCU will be working with DLS in the launch of a new course, "Introduction to Banking," which will be available to students for the first time this fall.  The curriculum will be provided and taught by Christian Financial.  According to DLS Principal Patrick Adams, "We recognize the need to increase our students' awareness of financial literacy.  This new component fulfills that need and affords our students an exciting opportunity to gain real-world financial experience."  

De La Salle is the first school to partner with Christian Financial on such a project.  This partnership is a natural fit, considering the history of both organizations as they relate back to deep-rooted Catholic history.  CEO Patty Campbell shared that "One of Christian Financial's core goals is to give back to the communities we are part of.  This initiative allows us to do that in a unique way that not only supports the community as it is today, but invests in its future through enriching the student educational offering."


Christian Financial Credit Union, originally chartered in 1950, serves those who live, work, worship or are educated in Macomb, Wayne, Oakland or St. Clair counties.  Christian Financial offers a full suite of financial services.  Headquartered in Roseville, Michigan, CFCU is also actively involved in supporting its communities, including partnerships with the City of Warren Parks & Recreation Department, the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Habitat for Humanity: Women Build, and many more.  For more information, visit or contact CFCU at 586.498.1582.


De La Salle Collegiate High School is dedicated to the Catholic education of its diverse students, including the poor and disadvantaged. It is a college preparatory school inspired by the spirit and tradition of St. John Baptist de La Salle. Each student is encouraged to develop his faith, character, intellect, and morality. This mission is embodied in the school's motto: "Builders of Boys, Makers of Men."  For more information, visit or contact DLS at 586.778.2207.

SOURCE Christian Financial Credit Union