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Dave Weherschmidt, Cardinal Community CU’s IT manager; Christine Blake, president/CEO; Kevin LaCamera, VP of business development, show off the SmartStart Cougar Branch.

Lake Catholic High School students in Mentor, Ohio, are receiving a bottom-line lesson in finance by co-operating a credit union on-site at their school thanks to the $166 million Cardinal Community Credit Union.

The branch, which the credit union said is the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio, will offer students a chance to not only frequent a credit union on their campus, but it will teach them about financial literacy, said Cardinal CEO Christine Blake. “We want the students to be able to have a hands-on experience and introduce them to the mindset that being financially smart is more than learning to balance a checkbook.”

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