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Dominican Republic CUs visit Wisconsin CUs
JANESVILLE, Wis. (2/5/10)--As part of a week-long program sponsored by World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), 25 staff and volunteers of credit unions from the Dominican Republic visited Blackhawk Community Credit Union (BHCCU) in Janesville, Wis., Jan. 29.
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Click to view larger image As part of a week-long program sponsored by World Council of Credit Unions, 25 staff and volunteers of credit unions from the Dominican Republic visited Viking Student CU at Parker High School (top) and Cougar CU at Craig High School (bottom), both in Janesville, Wis., to learn how financial institutions in the U.S. are teaching students about financial responsibility and preparing them for the real world. (Photos provided by Blackhawk Community CU)
Most of the participants in the program are volunteers at a credit union, while some are managers and two are CEOs. The program’s goal is for the participants to return to the Dominican Republic with ideas on how to serve their members better while being safer and sounder financial institutions. After visiting BHCCU for a short orientation and branch tour, the group went to Viking Student CU (Parker High School) and Cougar CU (Craig High School), both in Janesville, to learn how financial institutions in the U.S. are teaching students about financial responsibility and preparing them for the real world. The group asked questions about what the student tellers do, programs they are running, and operations in general. Prior to the Janesville visit, the participants spent time at credit unions in Madison and Milwaukee learning about other best practices in credit union operations. Two staff members representing the WOCCU International Partnerships program accompanied the group on the visits and translated for the group. The visitors toured the student-run credit unions and participated with the students in Financial Fact Friday. Games that ask specific financial questions were played and correct answers garnered prizes such as pens, water bottles, or gift cards at the co-op store. Also, Parker and Craig teachers who run the school co-op program showcased the business department programs and answered questions. The program was a great opportunity for some Spanish students who are interested in international business, BHCCU said.
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