Taking Learning Outside of the Classroom

By Brandi Bailey

September 27, 2012 Updated Sep 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Visions Federal Credit Union is working with Windsor High School to announce the opening of its second in-school branch.

It's all part of Visions Financial Literacy initiative.

Vision's first branch opened last year at Union-Endicott.

Both branches are primarily student-run with a credit union adviser.

Students don't get paid for working in the school branch, as it's part of their curriculum.

The high school branch will offer many of the same services as other credit union branches; deposits, withdrawals, transfers, check cashing, and even loan payments.

"It allows the students to learn out to handle cash, make change, work the computer, we'll get them a little involved in marketing as well," said Visions CEO and President, Frank Berrish.

Students also say they've taken away lessons they wouldn't have learned in the classroom.

"I've noticed ever since I've gotten there. I'm more conscious about where I spend my money and how much I spend. I also look for the best interest rates when I'm going to apply for something," said student worker, Richie Mathers.

The branch will be open during the hours of 10:30a.m. and 12:30p.m..