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HCU to open high school branch

January 29, 2019

Heartland Credit Union is excited to announce a new partnership with Hutchinson High School and USD 308. In the fall of 2019, HCU will be opening a branch location inside of Hutchinson High School.

The newest HCU location will be more than just a branch, it will be a learning experience for the students of Hutchinson High School. The branch will be staffed by HHS students, helping them learn valuable life and job skills, as well as work ethic.

Along with work experience, students will have the opportunity to learn how to manage their money. Financial education workshops will be offered to all Hutchinson High students through the new branch and will be taught by HCU staff and the students staffing the branch.

"We are honored to be part of this project that brings us back to our roots in education, stemming from our founding as Hutchinson Teachers Credit Union," Says HCU President Dan Springer. "The financial education and work experience the students receive will help put them on the right path, both financially and professionally."

"The opening of the Heartland Credit Union branch at Hutchinson High School enhances our financial literacy program for students and offers them real world experiences with personal finance management.,” says USD 308 Superintendent Gary Price. "This is an example of the kind of partnerships between business and schools that help our students prepare for their future as responsible adults. Thanks to Heartland for helping create this partnership for our students."

The new location will be more than just a training ground for young adults. It will be a fully functioning HCU branch. An HCU staff member will be on-hand to assist the student staff and help members with more complex transactions. USD 308 staff and students will have the opportunity to become members of Heartland Credit Union, do transactions, apply for loans and manage their money, right from Hutchinson High School.

"Hutch High staff and students will experience the same great products and service they expect from HCU," states Jeremy Stauffacher, VP of Sales and Service. "The only differences will be the Hutch High students providing the service and the branch will have a little Salthawk flair, just to make everyone feel at home."

Construction on the new branch will begin inside Hutchinson High School in May, in order to be ready for the new school year in August.  Below are artist renderings of the interior of the branch.

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