From internships to career (re)training, scholarships to familial aid, credit unions are pitching in to ensure their communities offer vibrant vocational opportunities for citizens and well-skilled employees for companies.

This Callahan Collection looks at a range of strategies credit unions are deploying — including popular offers such as scholarships or internships to out-of-the-box solutions like the loan consortium that ties together housing and higher education or the loan package that includes aid for technical skills education as well as wage replacement. Which strategy will inspire the next, great community-enhancing idea at your credit union?

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Career Assistance

By Erik Payne | Oct. 25, 2021

A three-year partnership between SECU Foundation and a North Carolina nonprofit places high-achieving college graduates into community government roles to curb the state’s brain drain.

By Erik Payne | Sept. 6, 2021

A scholarship program in North Carolina provides more than $1 million annually to statewide community colleges for continuing education and career planning.

By Erik Payne | Nov. 16, 2020

A Louisiana credit union brings technical education within reach by removing two major barriers to attaining it.

 

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By Marc Rapport | Sept. 22, 2020

After adopting a virtual model for its college internship program, UFCU continued to build out financial wellness counseling, networking, and scholarship components.

By Sharon Simpson | Feb. 27, 2020

University FCU considers community needs and institutional strengths to identify high-impact areas of service.

By Marc Rapport | Oct. 21, 2019

1st Financial combines the right products with direct engagement to help underbanked residents build credit and financial security.

By Marc Rapport | July 1, 2019

A small Ohio credit union includes income replacement in a loan package aimed at spurring personal and community economic development.

By Marc Rapport | June 17, 2019

The New Mexico credit union has hired 23 of its own interns originating from a course on finance careers exploration.

By Erik Payne | April 10, 2017

How a loan consortium in La Crosse, WI, aims to rebuild downtown and keep college students in state.

By Drew Grossman | June 10, 2013

A foundation created by Community Choice Credit Union encourages local high school students to attend college in Michigan and give back to their communities even after graduation.