Scott Haeg of Connection Credit Union Earns WCMS Scholarship

Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) is one avenue that prepares managers and upper-level operational staff for high-level credit union management careers. To encourage that growth among members, your Association is pleased to announce Scott Haeg, Branch and Service Support Manager with Connection Credit Union (Silverdale, Washington) as the recipient of a three-year tuition scholarship to WCMS.

Haeg expressed his gratitude to the selection committee and Connection CEO Scott Prior, before adding that his early mentors completed the school and encouraged him to attend.
“I always wanted to have a job where I knew that I was making a difference. I can say that working for a small credit union I get to see the results of my efforts on a daily basis. Through my involvement in the credit unions I have worked for and the community service I have been able to participate in I know I am well prepared to be successful at the WCMS,” he said.

“As our industry continues to evolve, it is critical we have well-trained professionals ready to step into leadership roles to tackle the challenges facing credit unions,” said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang. “We are excited and proud that Scott is poised to become one of those professionals through the WCMS Scholarship.”

“Scott Haeg demonstrates those credit union advocate principles every day and is a great example for us of what ‘acting like a credit union’ truly means,” noted Scott Prior. “His work within our credit union and in our community has aided our growth and opened doors that have led to new business and partnerships opportunities. We can’t ever take that for granted. This scholarship helps us continue to reward those behaviors that ultimately benefit our employees, our credit union and our industry.”

The highly concentrated academic training takes place over three yearly two week terms on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, California, and includes mentoring and project work off campus. Students will build muscles in key management areas including strategic planning, operations, finance, marketing, lending, human resources, technology, business development, economics, business law, communications, and leadership.

According to NWCUA Community Manager and WCMS selection committee liaison Carmen Vigil, Haeg was chosen over 11 “very impressive” applications by his credit union industry peers, leaving the committee with a tough decision. The next three-year term begins July 10, 2016. Annual tuition is $3,250.

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