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Truliant Federal Credit Union Presents at the National Academy Foundation (NAF)

Truliant Federal Credit Union Presents at the National Academy Foundation (NAF)

Release date: 7/25/2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (July 26, 2012) – Brian Gaither, Branch Coordinator with Truliant Federal Credit Union, joined representatives of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools at the annual meeting of the National Academy Foundation (NAF) in Washington, D.C. recently to present the details of the partnership between Truliant Federal Credit Union and local students through a collaborative effort called The Finance Academy. This career-themed curriculum provides the students with project based, hands-on learning in the area of finance in addition to their classroom instruction.

“Truliant is committed to helping our students, and we are thrilled to partner with East and West Forsyth High Schools by supporting a Finance Academy at each school,” said Chad Frye, Truliant Western Regional Manager. “The Finance Academies would not be possible without the help of local businesses like Truliant and our support demonstrates our commitment to the community and its future financial and business leaders.”

For 30 years the NAF has encouraged partnerships between local educators and the business community to provide internships and practical life skills to students in the areas of finance, engineering, hospitality & tourism, health science and information technology.

“The students that come out of this program are workforce ready and educated on everything from dressing for success to resume writing and interviewing,” said Gaither. “The student-run credit unions give us the ability to provide a live work-based learning model, which presents a great opportunity to help the community.”

Other local presenters at the NAF conference include Shirley Bynum and Cheryl Cox, both with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools and Susan Phelps with Forsyth Technical Community College. In a presentation entitled “Connecting the Dots to the World of Work”, they will discuss the convergence of corporate partners, small businesses, the Chamber of Commerce and parents to create a ‘hands on’ experience that provides practical knowledge and financial life skills to students participating in the Finance Academies.

About Truliant Federal Credit Union

Truliant Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial institution that provides affordable financial services to its member-owners. Truliant was chartered in 1952 and now serves more than 190,000 members and has 22 Member Financial Centers in NC, SC, OH and VA.

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