Nusenda Credit Union’s roots are in education. In 1936, what was then named the Albuquerque Public Schools Federal Credit Union was founded by an APS district teacher. As part of its continuing commitment to APS, we provide programs and services to benefit students in the state’s largest school district.
Every summer, we offer free personal finance courses that will not only help students gain sound financial skills and knowledge, but will also earn elective credits toward their education. Because of its success, this program, geared to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors; has now expanded to Bernalillo Public Schools, a district just north of Albuquerque, and Santa Fe Public Schools.
Enrolled students receive a comprehensive student guide/workbook at no charge, and those who successfully complete the course will receive half of an elective credit towards their graduation goals.
The course uses a Common-Core aligned curriculum, created by Nusenda that goes beyond basic financial knowledge by providing students with the tools needed to make educated financial choices, and positively influence financial behavior. It is established from an award-winning and research-based curriculum by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Subjects include how to create financial plans, effectively manage money, and become knowledgeable financial consumers in education and in the workforce.