WESTBROOK, Maine (10/13/10)--The Maine Credit Union League spoke on topics that included the importance of financial education, the benefits of using a credit union, tips for consumers and shared branching in a series of TV interviews, three of which aired statewide. The interviews, which aired as special segments during morning news programs, reinforced Maine credit unions as a resource for information and expertise, said the Maine Credit Union League (Maine Credit Union League’s Weekly Update Oct. 8). In three different segments that aired on various days, league Governmental and Public Affairs Manager Jon Paradise discussed how back-to-school shopping can be a valuable learning opportunity about personal finance for children and college students. He also talked about proper credit card usage Also discussed were credit cards and credit unions’ lower and fewer fees, and the leadership efforts of Maine's credit unions and youth financial education. The other interview aired as part of WGME News 13's Good Day Maine program, which is carried on FOX 23. It was aimed at college students and their parents. In it, the league encouraged parents to talk about financial responsibility with students before they leave for campus. The story also noted that college students don’t have to leave their credit union when they leave home because of 130 Shared Branch Network locations statewide.