Advia Credit Union donation funds money management software for students in St. Clair County

Program teaches functional math, real life work and life skills

PARCHMENT, MI (December 17, 2015) — Eleven students enrolled in the St. Clair County Transition Program, Marysville, are learning to count coins and give correct change by utilizing Let’s TALK, a new interactive money software program made possible through a $500 donation from Advia Credit Union.

The VLA Transition Program works with individuals who are 18-26 years old and eligible for special educational services. It provides education and work experience designed to help students get a job, live independently and become active community members.

“The Let’s TALK money software is a fantastic integration into our classroom,” says Douglas Bishop, academic career coach at St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency. “The interactive smart board allows for individual as well as group activities while also promoting a social and engaging learning environment.”

Designed to offer both visual and auditory support to students, lessons include introduction to money and money management; identifying, matching and counting coins; making change, adding costs of items and giving correct change. It also allows teachers to track individual progress, provide one on one instruction, and introduce new vocabulary.

“Supporting a project that features hands on learning and promotes financial literacy is a natural fit for Advia Credit Union where our mission is to provide financial advantages to our communities,” says Nancy Loftis, Vice-President of Marketing and Public Relations. “Programs that teach functional math, along with real life work and life skills, benefit all members of the community.”

Transitions Let's Talk Software

Photo Caption: Academic Career Coach Douglas Bishop and Program Teacher Holly DeChane work with the Let’s TALK program.

About Advia Credit Union

Advia Credit Union’s mission is to provide financial advantages to its members. With over $2.6 billion in assets, Advia seeks to provide quick and easy access to money and time-saving financial tools to nearly 190,000 members in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Advia’s team of over 500 professionals delivers excellent service and innovative products at 29 locations and via digital and mobile platforms. Advia is guided by its core values: driving progress, acting with integrity, building, and strengthening relationships, and keeping people at the core. Visit to learn more about how Advia provides Real Advantages for Real People™.


Nancy Loftis, Vice President of Marketing & PR; 844.238.4228, ext. 1442

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