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State’s Largest Credit Union to Sponsor Financial Education Awareness Week

Aug 17, 2015

Financial knowledge and capability is a key factor in the economic success of New Mexicans, both now and for generations to come. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Nusenda Credit Union, the largest credit union in New Mexico with more than 150,000 members, are supporting “New Mexico Money Management Week” between August 17, 2015 and August 23, 2015. This week is focused on informing New Mexicans on financial education and providing them with resources to better manage their finances so that they can create stable, financially-secure futures. A series of financial workshops will be hosted by Nusenda Credit Union in order to help educate New Mexicans about financial matters ranging from building wealth, budgeting, credit cards, retirement, cost of college, taxes, and buying a home or car.

“We are proud to sponsor ‘New Mexico Money Management Week’ with Governor Martinez,” said Robin Brulé, vice president of community relations at Nusenda Credit Union. “Understanding financial matters and making informed financial decisions is pivotal in sustaining and growing New Mexico communities. Through the credit union's financial capabilities program and outreach efforts, we strive to help New Mexicans build a strong financial foundation for their families, which in turn improves the economics of our state.”

A schedule of workshops during “New Mexico Money Management Week” include: a Lunch and Learn Workshop on Money Management at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, 1309 4th St. S.W. in Albuquerque, on Wednesday, August 19 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; a Lunch and Learn session at the Nusenda Credit Union Santa Fe- St. Michaels Branch, 1710 St. Michaels Dr., on Friday, August 21 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.; and three “Mini-Money Management 10-Minute Sessions” outside the UNM SUB Ballrooms on Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21 at UNM Welcome Back Days.

Nusenda Credit Union is committed to supporting financial education, creating the nation's first standards-aligned financial capabilities curriculum for teachers and students. Nusenda Credit Union financial capabilities program are currently utilized by several education systems, including the University of New Mexico (UNM), Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), and Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). Nusenda Credit Union also plays a significant role in incorporating a financial education component in other educational programs including APS Parent University, UNM’s ”University 101” and “Powering Success” micro-loan program, the City of Albuquerque's “Running Start for Careers Career Corps” program, and more.

One of the best options for people to begin developing strong money management skills is to open a checking account and use budgeting tools to efficiently manage their financial activity. Nusenda Credit Union offers checking products as well as a variety of financial management tools, including personalized credit management reviews and debt consolidation counseling. The credit union also offers self-service tools like online budgeting programs, account alerts and an online bill payment service. “Nusenda Credit Union is focused on educating members on financial matters, using a checking account to help members monitor their transactions and developing working budgets,” said Anneliese Elrod, senior vice president of marketing at Nusenda Credit Union. “We want everyone who joins Nusenda Credit Union to feel confident about managing their finances, which is why we provide them with the tools, resources, and professional guidance for success.”

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