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Minn. Dept. Of Commerce Commissioner Visits Student Branch
OWATONNA, Minn. (11/19/13)--Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman visited HomeTown CU's student-run branch at Owatonna (Minn.) Senior High School (OHS) on Nov. 12 as part of his statewide financial literacy outreach tour.
 
Click to view larger image As part of his statewide outreach tour, Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman visited HomeTown CU's student-run branch at Owatonna High School. From left, Dave Snyder, Asset Building Coalition; Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman; Chad Ohl, Owatonna High School business teacher; Kaitlyn Seykora, OHS student worker; Scott Pierce, OHS business teacher; and Jack Livingston, OHS student worker. (Photo provided by Minnesota Credit Union Network)
During the visit, Rothman recognized the positive impact of the long-standing partnership between Owatonna Senior High School and HomeTown CU, based in Owatonna. The relationship gives students the opportunity to gain valuable experience by working at the branch while also learning about personal finances.
 
"This program just makes sense," said Rothman. "It's a good way for kids to start to learn about their finances."
 
Rothman also met with OHS principal Mark Randall, business teachers Scott Pierce, Chad Ohl and Tate Cummins, HomeTown CU Youth Education Supervisor David Dorsett and student workers Kaitlyn Seykora, Jack Livingston and Abbie Matson. Their discussion centered on the importance of starting financial awareness at an early age and how the student workers have shared that message with their peers.
 
"We've been hiring student interns to work at our other branches for the last 20 years," said Marian Murphy, vice president of business growth at the credit union. "They are trained and treated like any other credit union staff member."
 
The OHS branch, which opened in Sept. 2011 was the first student-run branch to launch in Minnesota.
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