On Thursday, May 24, Educators Credit Union celebrated a year of success with co-op students.
Educators’ co-ops are area high school students that are seeking real-world job experience. The 2017-18 class of co-ops were also the first group to work at the credit union’s Home Office. Traditionally, the co-ops work as tellers, serving members face-to-face. This group also worked in our Member Response Center, Accounting Department, and Interactive Teller Department.
This year’s students are Zach Bauer from Waukesha High School, Diana Casco from Racine Park High School, Nalah McWhorter from Racine Park High School, Keydi Osorio from Kenosha Bradford High School, Ryan Pearson from Elkhorn High School, Bryanna Prochnow from Racine Park High School, Jazmine Tidwell from Racine Park High School, De’Andra Tucker from Kenosha Bradford High School, Pazong Vang from Milwaukee Hmong American Peace Academy, Brittany Wit from South Milwaukee High School, and Elijah Xiong from Milwaukee Hmong American Peace Academy.
The co-op students earn a wage and credit for their experience. In order to take part in the program, they must be taking part in one of the co-op classes at area high schools. The students are also required to do some homework. An added benefit is that the co-ops had the opportunity to practice professional communication using email, work on their soft-skills, shadow additional departments to learn their responsibilities, and complete a practice job interview.
Next year, Educators plans to hire 14 co-op students and introduce even more departments to the program.