GECU, in partnership with El Paso Independent School District and Coronado High School,will celebrate the Grand Opening of the first EPISD student-run credit union on Wednesday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at Coronado High School located at 100 Champions Place.
Crystal Long, GECU President and CEO stated, “Opening a location inside Coronado High School is a great opportunity for students to begin their successful financial journey. By opening up savings and checking accounts and learning how to manage their own finances they can become financially independent, while still in high school. We’re excited to build a relationship with the school and look forward to providing financial education to students.”
“We are a strong supporter of financial literacy in the community. The branch will emphasize the importance for students to become financially fit by learning how to budget and manage their money,” GECU officials added.
The GECU Coronado High School Branch will serve all students, faculty and staff, however the branch is not open to the public
EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera said the GECU branch at Coronado will help address one of the concerns graduating seniors have brought up in recent years: the need for more personal finance education.
“Our students are telling us they want us more opportunities for them to learn about personal finance and credit,” Cabrera said. “We are ecstatic that GECU is partnering with EPISD to help us take a huge step toward addressing that need.”
The new location is a full-service branch, staffed by a team of existing GECU employees and Coronado High School student positions. The student employees will be paid and will also receive school credit through their college and career classes.
The Grand Opening will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and snacks and refreshments for students, faculty, and staff.