Towpath Credit Union partners with Akron Early College High School

AEC high school students took a field trip to for a hands-on experience at the credit union.

AKRON, OH (February 10, 2020) — Students enrolled in the Business and Finance program at Akron Early College (AES) High School went to Towpath Credit Union for a field trip on Friday as part of a partnership between the high school and the credit union. AES partners with various businesses in the community to give students hands-on experience in their chosen field. The students in the Business and Finance program have an interest in pursuing a career in business, finance, or other related fields. “It was clear from the beginning that we wanted to engage with AEC students to provide them with hands-on, real-life experiences at Towpath,” commented Katie Lee, Vice President of Human Resources at Towpath CU. “A foundation for a healthy financial future starts with the basics, and we’re thrilled that we can share early on with the students to help them prepare for their future careers.”

On the field trip, students got to hear from Towpath CU employees, including President/CEO, Rose Bartolomucci. “I wanted to share my personal journey with the students because credit unions have played such an important role in my life,” said Bartolomucci. “My parents came from Italy to America in the 1960s with the goal of starting a small business – the American Dream! After being turned down by three different banks, they learned about the St. Anthony Credit Union. With a handshake and a promise to pay their $2,000 loan back, my parents were on their way to being business owners. This is why I believe so passionately about credit unions, they are people helping people.”

The field trip brought the students behind-the-scenes knowledge of what Towpath Credit Union does daily and how much collaboration goes into giving Members the best experience possible. Lee added, “Our hope is that through multiple engagements throughout the school year, the students will gain an in-depth knowledge of business and financial practices to better prepare them for their successful futures.”

About Towpath Credit Union

Towpath Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that provides an effective and viable alternative to for-profit financial institutions for more than 26,000 Members. In addition to providing a plethora of financial services for their members, Towpath Credit Union strives to act as a force for positive economic and social change. With four branches in Fairlawn, Cuyahoga Falls, North Hill, and Portage Lakes, TCU serves Summit County and offers multiple forms of Membership with an asset size of $177,000,000.

About Akron Early College

Akron Early College High School a public magnet school in Akron, OH. It’s a joint venture between Akron Public Schools and the University of Akron that gives students an opportunity to pursue college-level education while attending high school. At the end of their high school careers, the students will graduate with an Associate Degree.


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