(Pictured from left to right: Canon-McMillan High School's Business Education Teacher Ms. Moeller, Washington Area FCU's AVP of Operations, Marily Hoover, Washington Area FCU’s Chief Financial Officer Rebecca Hall, student worker Will O'Bryan, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Mrs. Lani and Principal Crowley)
Three Canon-McMillan High School students began working at the “Big Mac Banking” Credit Union that opened yesterday, August 30th, at Canon-McMillan High School during lunch periods. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Mrs. Lani helped organize this partnership with Principal Crowley, Business Education Teacher Ms. Moeller and Washington Area Federal Credit Union (FCU). They had opened in March 2020 before the pandemic hit but had to put everything on hold once that started. Ms. Moeller became aware of student-run credit unions during a lesson she was teaching in her Personal Finance class. A representative from Washington Area FCU stopped by their offices years ago and mentioned that they would be interested in partnering with Canon McMillan HS in this endeavor. Ms. Moeller says that Mrs. Lani and Mr. Crowley were in total support and really got the ball rolling to make this dream a reality,
“We toured Penn Trafford, who have an amazing student run credit union in place and already were operating in their elementary schools as well.”
So far three students; Calvin Daniels, Thanh Tran and Will O’Bryan will be the first working in the student branch. The club is open to all grades, but only juniors and seniors will be eligible to work at the student branch for now. The students got started by participating in the Washington Area FCU’s summer internship program. They started training at the credit union in early June and worked about two shifts each week through August 5th. They averaged about 53 hours worked over their internships. The training covered areas of member service, cash handling, core system operations, home/mobile banking troubleshooting, and general credit union services and operations. According to Washington Area FCU’s Chief Financial Officer Rebecca Hall, the students were a joy to work with,
“The entire staff enjoyed working with these three students and the members really took to them working at the branch. They were engaged, enthusiastic, respectful, and beyond helpful. They took both their jobs and our standards seriously and performed very well. We are very excited to move forward with them as the first representatives of the CU student branch, now officially known as “BIG MAC BANKING.”
Mr. O’Bryan said the internship was a great experience because he learned a lot. He plans to pursue a career in finance,
Washington Area FCU’s intention is to start operating the student branch 1 day a week and build the program to 2 days at the high school. They plan on being open from 11-2 on Tuesdays and Friday during lunch periods when students or faculty members could have time during the school day to withdraw some money, open an account, or talk about other products and services.
Washington Area FCU is confident the students are ready to work inside the school branch with credit union team members onsite to assist. Stop by the student branch, located at the ticket booth outside the main gym, to see all that Big Mac Banking has to offer!