COLUMBIA, S.C. (9/9/13)--Carolina Collegiate FCU is starting a second year of a student-operated Financial Service Center on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
| Student workers pose at Carolina Collegiate FCU, which is starting a second year of a student-operated Financial Service Center in the Russell House on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. (Photo provided by Carolina Collegiate CU)|
The Financial Service Center represents the shared vision of the University of South Carolina and Carolina Collegiate FCU to improve the financial well-being of students, faculty and staff.
"The center provides a good opportunity for financial education," said Carolina Collegiate CEO Anne Shivers. "Year one has been a win-win for both the students and the credit union."
Students are learning and teaching each other about being fiscally responsible in a financially challenging environment, how to avoid debt, and methods of evaluating savings, spending patterns and finances.
"The reality is we are doing this all by ourselves," said student employee Carmen Harris. "We had to really learn to step up and solve problems."
Student employee Joe Mader explained why he became involved with the credit union; he wanted to learn more about the financial services industry, "attain business skills, and acquire business experience that one can't quite get in a classroom."
"I have learned a lot and utilized my new experiences to help progress both my schooling and my career," Mader added about his work.
As an added benefit for students, Carolina Collegiate offers a Stress Free student checking account with perks, including Benefits Plus discounts at more than three dozen local restaurants and retailers.
The Financial Service Center by Carolina Collegiate, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, with limited hours on Saturdays. Members may also use the two additional Columbia Carolina Collegiate branches.