How Nusenda creates job opportunities, one internship at a time

The New Mexico credit union has hired 23 of its own interns originating from a course on finance careers exploration.

Aaron Wadley-Child is a business loans operation specialist at Nusenda Credit Union($2.4B, Albuquerque, NM) whose career at the cooperative began with a high school class for college credit.

Wadley-Child, in fact, is one of 23 interns who have become permanent employees after completing a free career exploration course the credit union offers for college credit at local secondary schools and a community college.

The career exploration class is one prong of a two-pronged approach that New Mexico’s largest credit union (by members) takes toward financial education in a state where the need is keen. The other is a for-credit personal finance course for high schoolers.

Wadley-Child came to Nusenda as an intern after taking the career exploration course at a local magnet school in Albuquerque. “I enrolled in Nusenda’s course at the end of my sophomore year, and discovered my affinity for the financial industry,” he says. Wadley-Child interned in the commercial lending area and “learned many important, valuable skills that will go with me as I continue the journey I’ve just begun through the working world.”


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