Students “Like” to Win at AmeriCU

 

OCC student Mac Morgan is presented a $1,000 check by (left) Amy Gullotta of the OCC Foundation and (right) Jessica Ireland, Manager of the AmeriCU Financial Center at OCC.
OCC student Mac Morgan is presented a $1,000 check by (left) Amy Gullotta of the OCC Foundation and (right) Jessica Ireland, Manager of the AmeriCU Financial Center at OCC.

 

AmeriCU’s continuing commitment to the OCC campus community paid off in a big way for one lucky student. When it opened its financial center in OCC’s Whitney Applied Technology Center at the start of the fall 2013 semester AmeriCU created an OCC specific Facebook page. When the page achieved 1,000 “likes” a randomly selected student would win $1,000.

One year later AmeriCU’s Facebook page crossed the 1,000 “likes” threshold and the winning student was selected.  Mac Morgan, a sophomore from Livermore in northern California, was thrilled to be the big winner. “I was super excited! I have bills, my car needs to be fixed, and this will help with rent and food too.” Morgan is a sophomore Physical Education major who plays on the national champion men’s lacrosse team, serves as a student ambassador giving campus tours and works as an usher at the SRC Arena and Events Center. After graduating in May 2015 he hopes to transfer to a four-year college and keep playing lacrosse.

Morgan’s good fortune is the latest example of AmeriCU’s dedication to OCC. AmeriCU has established a Community Scholars scholarship, helping to ensure that more students, regardless of socio-economic status, are able to attain a college degree and the opportunities one affords. AmeriCU has also educated students about financial literacy and provided students with internships which have turned into jobs.

Nate Anderson

Nate Anderson has taken advantage of everything OCC has to offer. Since coming here from Baldwinsville Christian Academy the sophomore has excelled in the classroom while working toward a degree in Humanities. He’s also made the most of the College’s Career and Applied Learning (CAL)  Center along with the AmeriCU financial center located on the Onondaga campus by completing three valuable internships there.

The CAL Center set the stage for Anderson’s success with AmeriCU. “They helped me write a resume and cover letter which led to my internships. Without them none of this would have happened.”

During his first internship at AmeriCU Anderson worked as a social media trainer and made presentations at senior management meetings. He followed that up with a marketing internship, then as a Member Service Specialist. “Managing an internship while working a full-time job and going to school taught me how to manage my time,” said Anderson. “I’m very grateful for AmeriCU. They did everything they could to make this the most positive experience possible.” Anderson was able to turn his internship into a job as a Member Service Specialist.

In November 2014 Anderson was inducted into OCC’s student honor society Phi Theta Kappa. He’s on track to graduate in May 2015. Anderson plans to transfer to Syracuse University where he will major in Public Relations.

Lindsey Markell

Lindsey Markell has turned a valuable internship into a job. Markell is a 2010 graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School and a Business Administration major at OCC.

Markell interned at the AmeriCU financial center on the Onondaga campus. She impressed her supervisor and earned a job at AmeriCU’s Cicero financial center. “My experience interning with AmeriCU was very successful. I want to become an accountant. OCC is the most feasible way to get from an associate to a bachelor’s to a master’s,” said Markell.

She’s on schedule to graduate in December 2014, then take advantage of the College’s “2+2 partnership agreement” and transfer to Le Moyne College.

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From Interns to Employees

Onondaga Students and AmeriCU interns turned employees (left to right) Sean Dana, Lindsey Markell, and Nate Anderson.
Onondaga Students and AmeriCU interns turned employees (left to right) Sean Dana, Lindsey Markell, and Nate Anderson.

AmeriCU opened a new financial center on the first floor of the Whitney Applied Technology Center in time for the fall 2013 semester. The site provides a full complement of financial services and is a host location for student internships, financial literacy education, and financial planning services for students, faculty, staff and the community. It is fully staffed by AmeriCU professional associates.

Three Onondaga students completed valuable internships there. Nate Anderson, a sophomore Humanities major (Baldwinsville Christian Academy) did three internships of his own. He worked as a social media trainer and made presentations at senior management meetings. He followed that up with a marketing internship, then worked as a Member Service Specialist. “Managing an internship while working a full-time job and going to school taught me how to manage my time,” said Anderson. “I’m very grateful for AmeriCU. They did everything they could to make this the most positive experience possible.” Anderson was able to turn his internship into a job as a Member Service Specialist.

Business Administration major Lindsey Markell (Cicero-North Syracuse) also went from intern to employee, earning a position at AmeriCU’s Cicero financial center. “My experience interning with AmeriCU was very successful. I want to become an accountant. OCC is the most feasible way to get from an associate to a bachelor’s to a master’s,” said Markell. She’s on schedule to graduate in December 2014, then take advantage of the College’s “2+2 partnership agreement” and transfer to Le Moyne College.

Sean Dana (Westhill) graduated from Onondaga in May 2014 with a degree in Business Administration. He turned his AmeriCU internship into a full-time position at its Fayetteville financial center. “My experience as an intern was great. I learned how to be a professional and met a lot of wonderful people. I’m looking forward to a career in this industry,” said Dana.

As part of AmeriCU’s partnership with Onondaga, AmeriCU established a Community Scholars scholarship, helping to ensure that more students, regardless of socio-economic status, are able to attain a college degree and the opportunities one affords.

More information on the services AmeriCU provides are available at www.americu.org.

Financial Fitness Fair

Students receive valuable financial advice at AmeriCU's Financial Fitness Fair.
Students receive valuable financial advice at AmeriCU’s Financial Fitness Fair.

AmeriCU Credit Union’s ongoing commitment to educating students about financial literacy was on display November 13 when it held a Financial Fitness Fair in Storer Auditorium.

The event featured multiple ways in which participants could learn how to secure their financial future:

  • Students had an opportunity to win prizes in the Cash Cube.
    Students had an opportunity to win prizes in the Cash Cube.

    Six informational booths provided students the opportunity to ask questions and gain valuable information. Participating students earned an opportunity to go in the “cash cube” and win valuable prizes.

  • A “Real Life MIllionaire” panel discussion included: Brian Sheehan, former CEO of Saatchi Australia & LA; Marc Jones, retired professional football player and President & CEO of Dreissig Apparel; and Vicki Brackens, financial education entrepreneur and current co-host of Financial Fitness on WCNY TV.

Following the panel discussion an ice cream social was held so students could engage with panelists.

The Financial Fitness Fair was presented in cooperation with OCC’s Office of Student Engagement.