WICHITA, Kan. (5/20/11)--Two employees of Wichita, Kan.-based credit unions have become the only two credit union professionals in Kansas to earn the Certified Credit Union Financial Counselors (CCUFC) designation, announced the Kansas Credit Union Association (KCUA).
Sara Holt of Mid American CU and Chris Wolgamott of Meritrust CU recently completed training with the Credit Union National Association's Financial Counseling Certification Program (FiCEP). The program enhances credit unions' services with proven financial counseling skills, differentiates credit unions with certified financial counselors and helps members transform the way they handle money through real-world counseling. Participants learn everything from controlling living expenses and understanding consumer credit to retirement and special issues. "Having two credit union employees well versed in financial counseling is a great asset to credit union members in our state," said Gina Evans, assistant vice president, education and training at KCUA. "Financial literacy is such a hot topic right now and is relevant to all consumers." Holt said she wanted to ensure Mid American CU offered relevant topics to its membership and had the knowledge to answer questions from members. Wolgamott noted that Meritrust CU will "continue developing new ways to aid our members in becoming more financially savvy and building solid financial futures." His credit union plans to start counseling members this summer.