Numerica Credit Union’s $tarting Off Right Program Wins Children’s Education Program of the Year Award
Idaho Central Credit Union is voted best by employees; Oregon Community Credit Union wins United Way’s Live United Award; and Point West Credit Union’s Steve Pagenstecher is named Chief Operations Officer.
Numerica Credit Union saw a need for financial education in its community, so the credit union developed its own curriculum. The $tarting Off Right Financial Education Program was developed to empower future generations to have a better relationship with their money, and now it’s award-winning, too. The program took the 2019 Children’s Education Program of the Year Award at the 2019 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Awards held in March.
Numerica Financial Education Officer, Katie Scofield, accepted the award and also presented a session on creating a successful financial education program during the Annual Conference on Financial Education. Scofield explained that through the development and execution of the program, they learned that there was a great need for a program that was not just a one-and-done experience.
“We found that if we came into the classroom several times, and spoke about several money-related topics, students increased their financial knowledge drastically,” Scofield said.
Recently, the Washington-based credit union saw a class increase their rate of financial literacy from 55 percent to 72 percent over the course of 10 weeks covering a variety of topics including budgeting, credit, investing, fraud, check writing, and a financial simulation.
Throughout 2018, Numerica provided 700 hours of financial education across 57 schools and organizations, and impacted over 3,300 students.
Idaho Central Credit Union voted a Best Place to Work
Idaho Central Credit Union was voted a Best Place to Work in Idaho for 2019. Winners were chosen based on the results of an employee survey conducted by marketing research firm, Populus. The survey ranked the credit union third among companies with 250 or more employees.
The credit union has participated in the contest since 2012, placing first five times, second twice, and third once. The Best Places to Work contest is an annual event that identifies, promotes, and supports Idaho’s best employers.
Oregon Community Credit Union wins United Way’s Live United Award
In recognition of its month-long internal campaign to raise funds and awareness for the United Way of Lane County, Oregon Community Credit Union was awarded the 2019 Live United Award at the United Way of Lane County Annual Community Celebration. The celebration honored volunteers, donors, and advocates working to ensure the success of children throughout Lane County.
United Way of Lane County President and CEO, Noreen Dunnels, called out Oregon Community’s excellence in leadership and collaborative approach that drives excellence in their partnership.
“The Live United Award is given to an organization that – quite simply – embodies what it means to Live United, being involved in every possible way,” said Dunnels. “From executive leadership to tellers, Oregon Community takes a collaborative and inclusive approach to their United Way partnership. Their employees serve on our board of directors, serve as amazing loaned executives, promote volunteerism at new employee orientations, and run a campaign that ensures access and engagement at all levels of the organization.”
The award was presented by Dunnels to Erin Gerg, Branch Manger, and Brooke Rane, Communications Specialist.
Point West Credit Union Advances Stephen Pagenstecher to Chief Operations Officer
Point West Credit Union has promoted Stephen Pagenstecher to Chief Operations Officer. Pagenstecher started with Oregon-based Point West in 2013 and most recently served as Vice President of Member Experience.
In his new role, Pagenstecher will have oversight of the marketing, IT, and centralized lending departments, as well as day–to–day operations. In 2012, he was awarded Young Credit Union Professional of the Year award by the Northwest Credit Union Association for his commitment to the development of credit unions and their future.
Pagenstecher holds a Credit Union Development Educator, or CUDE, certification, serves on the Board for Innovative Changes, and is the Board Chair for the Northwest Credit Union Foundation.
“I’m humbled to continue the important work of financial empowerment and inclusion here at Point West on behalf of our team, our members, and our community,” said Pagenstecher. “Together, we’ll continue to drive lasting impact for people and families we serve and for those in our community that deserve a strong voice and advocate for their financial futures.”