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TTCU Hosts Experiential Learning Session during CUNA Volunteer Certification School in Nashville


On Wed., May 3, The Tennessee Credit Union (TTCU) partnered with Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Antioch High School to host more than 25 credit union Directors and volunteers from across the U.S. for an Experiential Learning Session. This session was part of a week-long CUNA Volunteer Certification conference in Nashville, May 1-5. The event allows credit union volunteers to master the key functions and responsibilities of their roles, culminating with the opportunity to earn or recertify their Certified Credit Union Volunteer (CCUV) designation.

Presenters during the Experiential Learning Session included James McBride, EVP, and Ann Kehayes, VP, from TTCU and from Antioch High School, Dr. Keiva Wiley, Executive Principal, Mrs. Nekesha Burnette, Academy Coach, Mrs. Kathleen Homer (JD), CTE Teacher and students, Demua, Tanner and Valeria. All helped interact with the CUNA attendees to ensure they had a rewarding and memorable experience.

The session provided information on Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Academy programs, The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business & Finance, the partnership between Antioch High School and The Tennessee Credit Union, student experiences at the Academy, TTCU history and more. This session provided a unique opportunity for CUNA Attendees to experience and learn first-hand about the program at Antioch High School, including our in-school fully-operational branch, led by Antioch student interns. This year, 29 students from Antioch High School achieved CUNA Certified Financial Counselor designations, an unprecedented achievement by high school teenagers.

For TTCU, it was a privilege and honor to participate in this important event. We are confident that useful information will travel back with the credit unions and, perhaps, other high school branches, academies, and business partnerships between credit unions and educational systems will emerge from this event.

The CUNA Volunteer Certification School allows attendees to engage in high-impact discussions and build connections with peers, making it one of the top networking events for credit union volunteers. To learn more about CUNA Volunteer Certification School, visit


About The Tennessee Credit Union Academy of Business & Finance at Antioch High School. TTCU has been a sponsor of the Academy of Business & Finance at Antioch High School since 2010 and was honored to be MNPS’ first “naming rights” partner. TTCU participation goes beyond donations of funds and materials; we provide experiential learning opportunities to help students grow academically, professionally and personally. Our students learn industry skills, experience mentoring sessions, hear TTCU professionals deliver financial literacy lessons in their classrooms, join in over 30 job shadows annually, and vie for several work internships at TTCU.

TTCU takes its partnership further by operating a fully-functioning Credit Union branch in the school, staffed by trained Antioch students. In 2016, seven students received certification as Financial Counselors by CUNA. TTCU also serves on the School’s Advisory Board. Supported by our partnership program, we help students find their voices, develop their strengths, pursue their passions and make their mark on the world.

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