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    MCUCD Equipping CUs in Montana with Financial Counseling Knowledge

    Montana's first FiCEP class poses alongside instructor and REAL Solutions Field Coach Mark Lynch (far right).

    With the help of Montana Credit Unions for Community Development (MCUCD), credit unions in the state have embarked on a new program that will give their members access to both certified financial counselors and financial coaches.

    “We’re really excited by this program. We believe it will help credit unions make an incredible difference in their members’ lives,” said Karen Smith, MCUCD Director of Outreach Services. “Knowing what makes good financial sense is the first step, but the next step is applying that knowledge – discovering and making the actual changes you need in your life. Now, imagine being able to get both at your local credit union. That’s what this program is going make possible in Montana.”

    With the help of a Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) and a grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture, MCUCD has established a unique program offering Montana credit unions an affordable avenue to have one or more staff members become trained financial counselors and/or coaches. In the past seven months alone, professionals from 14 of Montana’s 57 credit unions completed training. And that’s just the start.

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