Business Students ACHIEVE More with OU Credit Union
As another fall semester gets underway, OU Credit Union continues to strengthen and support its relationship with Oakland University’s School of Business Administration and the ACHIEVE program.
Comprised of three classes designed to integrate professional and career development as part of the undergraduate curriculum, the ACHIEVE program gives students the preparation and practice necessary to succeed in their future careers. Those enrolled receive no credit for the program, but are required to attend all of the sessions and classes to complete the course. Despite not getting credit for completing the classes, they are full of valuable information provided by guest speakers who are area professionals currently working in fields the students may be seeking future employment.
The first class in the ACHIEVE program is SBC 1990, a half-semester class comprised of online elements, coaching sessions, and events. The events and coaching sessions are offered multiple times throughout the half-semester, and can be attended in any order to best fit the schedules of individual students. One of the coaching sessions is Money Management, taught by OU Credit Union’s Financial Education team. The 75-minute class covers a number of subjects that will better prepare students to handle their finances appropriately during school and after graduation. Budgeting, the difference between debit and credit, what goes into a credit score and how to improve it, as well as what to look for in order to avoid fraud and identity theft are all discussed extensively.
The program’s growth has prompted some adjustments to the schedule to better serve the students enrolled, and over the past few years, more sections of the courses have been added to each half-semester.
In addition to the improvements made to the schedule, the presentation provided by OU Credit Union’s Financial Educators has been updated.
“We revise the presentation regularly to keep the information as up-to-date as possible,” said Ian, a Financial Educator with the Credit Union, “this also gives us a chance to improve student engagement, and retention of the information.”
“Personal finance management is important no matter what career path a student follows,” continued Ian. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to help more students with achieving financial stability and future goals.”