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DETROIT — Last summer national attention was riveted on the since-doomed move to convert the $1.8 billion DFCU Financial of Dearborn into a mutual savings bank, but today the state’s largest CU once again has a high profile, except it’s now centered on Michigan’s troubled economy and a people helping people message.

“We felt a duty to assist our members which include a large number of unemployed Ford workers,” explained Michael Kruczek, executive vice president and chief lending officer, in describing DFCU’s key role in the $40 million Career Transition Program offering no-interest and below-market unsecured educational loans to needy employees of Ford Motor Co. and other hard-hit Michigan firms.

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