NCACU has three school branches–student run credit unions–in their service area. The school branches are open one morning a week and members make deposits to their accounts, play games and participate in savings challenges throughout the year. Student Staff learn real life work experience like operations, counting and balancing drawers, and customer service. In 2015, NCACU was awarded a Second Place Desjardins Youth Financial Literacy Award by the Michigan Credit Union League for their work with the school branches.
The Viking Branch at Grayling Elementary has been active for two years and currently has more than 50 members who have saved more than $800 this school year.
The Viking Branch Staff include (L to R)
John Ward, Grayling Branch Manager; Landon, Alaina, Madi, Izaha, and Kristen Rock, Viking Branch Liaison.
The Bobcat Branch has been open since 2011 and has more than 60 members that have saved more than $900 this school year. Staff are (L to R) Margot Coppernoll, Alt. NCACU Liaison; Hailey, Jorden, Erika, and Gwen.
The Buck Branch has been open since 2011 and has more than 60 members that have saved more than $1,000 this school year. Staff are from (L to R) Ellie, Sarah,Kelly Blanchett, NCACU liaison; and Josh.
NCACU annually offers a scholarship to members who are working on their college degree or vocational-technical school certificate. NCACU will award scholarship(s) to a member in good standing who has completed at least 24 credit hours in their program and is actively involved in community service through volunteer opportunities.
Part of the mission of NCACU is to provide affordable, high quality, complete financial services to our members and the scholarship is a great way to do that. “As an organization, we value education and community service, so this scholarship is a great way to reward those values in our membership, and when you are paying for college every dollar counts,” said Jacci Pothoof, NCACU President and CEO.
Applications are available in the branches or here during the annual application window (September-October).