HHS credit union branch opens
Partnership includes financial education resources for schools

By News Graphic Staff

Jan. 30, 2018

 Participants in last week’s ribbon-cutting celebration for the Kohler Credit Union branch at Homestead High School, are, from left, Patrick Berger, a Homestead student and employee at the KCU branch; Kevin O’Connor, KCU chief retail officer; Laura Gabrielse, KCU vice president of communications and community development; Tina Schwantes, executive director of the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce; Trinidy Pate and Esma Bainn, Homestead students and employees of the branch.
Photo by Mark Justesen

MEQUON — Kohler Credit Union, in partnership with the Mequon-Thiensville School District, opened its Homestead High School branch to students and faculty in early January.

An official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony took place Jan. 23 at the high school.

The grand opening celebration included the ribbon-cutting ceremony presented by the Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce and a look at the newly designed school branch.

In attendance were various chamber members, Homestead High School administrators, School Board members and Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation affiliates, as well as Kohler Credit Union employees.

The full-service branch along with an ATM is located in the field house lobby area. The branch will be open to faculty and students Monday through Friday during the lunch break.

Kohler Credit Union will also provide the high school and two area middle schools financial education resources to help promote the importance of youth financial literacy.

 Homestead student Mitchell Tebon designed a debit card selected by Kohler Credit Union.
Photo by Mark Justesen

“We are fortunate to work with a partner such as the Mequon-Thiensville School District that not only understands the importance of financial literacy but is also willing to be creative in how they expose their students to financial management. Providing a real-world financial environment in the school, that also has a space dedicated to financial education, gives Homestead students a unique learning opportunity,” said Laura Gabrielse, senior vice president of communications and community development.

Superintendent of Schools Matthew Joynt welcomed the relationship.

“We are excited to have Kohler Credit Union partner with us in serving our students, families and the community at Homestead High School,” he said in a news release. “The responsibility for developing the next generation of leaders cannot rest solely on our schools.

“Through partnerships with organizations like Kohler Credit Union, our district is able to provide authentic experiences for students that boost our efforts to develop well-educated and civic-minded students that as tomorrow’s citizens, will create a better future for all of us,” Joynt added The Homestead High School branch is the fifth school-based financial literacy program for Kohler Credit Union, but the first in Ozaukee County.

The credit union also has school branches in Sheboygan South, Sheboygan North, Sheboygan Central and Howards Grove high schools.

Kohler Credit Union is a $360 million not-for-profit, financial cooperative, owned and governed by its members.

Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Calumet, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Washington or Waukesha counties, as well as their immediate family members and associations or organizations.