Credit union opens at Ponitz CTC

11/24/2010

November 22, 2010                       
Contact: Jill Moberley, Public Information Officer             
For Immediate Release

A ribbon cutting and grand opening cermony on Nov. 18 marked the area's newest student-run financial institution, at the Ponitz Career and Technology Center.

A joint venture between the school and FirstDay Federal Credit Union, the center is one of only three student-run institutions in the Dayton area. Student tellers will assist patrons at the branch, located inside the school at 741 Washington St., from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Thursdays. The branch is open to Ponitz students and staff.

Banking and finance is one of several areas of study in the school’s business and information technology career pathway.  The students who will work in the branch have become certified tellers, have already been trained by FirstDay Credit Union and will be FirstDay Federal Credit Union employees.

FirstDay also will assist Ponitz students with personal money management skills, including saving for college, earning a good credit score, applying for a loan and maintaining a checking account.

"This is real-world experience for our students," Ponitz banking and finance instructor Amy Richardson said. "It will help (student tellers), not only in their personal endeavors, but for them to share information with their peers, as well."

The banking and finance career pathway helps students focus on career goals which might include commercial banking, corporate finance, financial planning, insurance, investment banking or money management.

The goal of Ponitz Career Technology Center is to serve as an economic engine for the region by producing students who are college and career ready with the academic and technical skills needed to add value to the workplace.

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Credit union opens at Ponitz CTC