LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union'sLafayette Jefferson High School branch has officially opened itsdoors. The branch is Indiana's first student run credit unionlocated in a high school. "Our Build the Future strategic planfocuses on creating opportunities for our students, services forour faculty and staff, and active partnerships with the businesscommunity. We are proud to be partnering with PEFCU to bring thisunique experience to Jefferson High School," said Vince Bertram,JHS Principal. The PEFCU branch, named Jefferson's PEFCU @ School,is operated by students and supervised by a PEFCU representative.The 388 square-foot branch can be accessed from just outside thecafeteria and accommodates three tellers, a supervisor, computers,a safe, and a security system. The branch is open Monday throughFriday from 7:05 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.The credit union internship will provide opportunities for hands-onexperience developing and executing a marketing plan, working in aprofessional environment, as well as participating on an advisorycommittee for evaluation and selection of products and serviceswhile working at the branch. Student tellers will first berecommended by their teacher, then will be interviewed, trained,and expected to meet the same qualifications as any other PEFCUemployee. "This really is the foundation of our vision - being ableto take PEFCU and our commitment to literacy out into thecommunity," said PEFCU President/CEO Bill Connors. "We certainlyhope that as these young people come in the PEFCU branch asemployees or members, that this becomes a model for our community."Founded in 1911, Lafayette Jefferson High School is one of only 13high schools in the nation to be a two time national Blue RibbonSchool of Excellence award winner, which is the highest honor givenby the United States Department of Education. There are some 2,300students in grades nine though 12.

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