Fin. Lit. Month: Student-run CU a ladder to success for branch manager
April 22, 2015
MEDFORD, Ore. (4/23/15)--Most people don't figure out their careers in high school, but for one credit union branch manager from Rogue CU, Medford, Ore., a part-time job at a student-run credit union branch was all he needed.
In search of extracurricular activities or work, Derek Reeser, then a junior at South Medford High School, stumbled upon a job at the school's student-run credit union branch (Anthem April 13).
By his senior year, Reeser was promoted to branch manager, while also spending countless hours after school and on weekends at the credit union's professional branches learning the trade.
"On a personal level, it gave me a better understanding of what life is like after high school," Reeser told Anthem. "It taught me how to interact with adults at all different levels of society."
Upon graduation, Reeser was hired at Rogue as a teller, a job he used to help pay for a college education.
Eventually, the former high school branch manager would rise to assistant branch manager and branch manager, a position that allows him to return the favor by interacting with and guiding current high school students working for Rogue's student-run branches.
Perhaps Reeser is even engaging with future credit union leaders. After all, that's how Rogue CU's President/CEO Gene Pelham got his start.
"Rogue Credit Union's student-run branches and our involvement in our local high schools is our commitment to the communities we served by building future leaders," Pelham told Anthem. "I started in a similar program, and I can personally understand the positive impact on a career these programs can have."