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Student-run credit union at BHS earns national, state and local recognition

It’s not even one year old, yet the student-run credit union at Burnsville High School has already earned recognition locally, statewide and nationally. From day one, students collaborated with Firefly Credit Union to plan all aspects of the branch office and now they’re staffing it.  

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 received a Promising Practice Award in October from the National Career Pathway Network, an organization with 2,000 members including educators, employers and others involved in the advancement of Career Pathways, career technical education, and related education reform initiatives.

Then the school district, in partnership with the credit union, was presented with a Local Government Innovation Award from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Recognition goes to local governments who find creative ways to deliver services to their residents with greater impact and at lower cost.

Locally, the Dakota-Scott Youth Council selected the program to receive a Willis Branning Excellence in Youth Employment Award for demonstrating a commitment to and effectiveness in preparing young people, ages 14-24, in Dakota or Scott County for the world of work.

“Firefly Credit Union is a valued partner in our community and with our schools,” said Dr. Kathy Funston, the district’s director of Strategic Partnerships and Pathways. “Firefly provides expertise, time, guidance, and opportunities to our students who are able to participate in relevant and unique opportunities while in high school.”

Located one mile from Firefly’s corporate office, the no-cash branch provides many students with opportunities to learn and develop business and finance skills.This project is part of a multi-faceted relationship between BHS and Firefly, which also includes an annual scholarship to a graduating senior and financial literacy education for students.