Lake Trust Credit Union Provides Michigan Educators with Unique Opportunity

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Lake Trust Credit Union has awarded Michigan Educator Jamie Hess, high school teacher at Eaton Intermediate School District, funding through the organization’s Professional Development Award Program.

“Jamie is very deserving of this award and we’re very excited to be able to help to provide this unique opportunity to her and other Michigan educators,” says Nicole Piche, Student Program Specialist at Lake Trust Credit Union.

Lake Trust Credit Union has awarded Michigan Educator Jamie Hess, high school teacher at Eaton Intermediate School District, funding through the organization’s Professional Development Award Program.

The Professional Development Award Program, established by Lake Trust in 2010, provides financial assistance to Michigan educators for out of classroom/school professional development opportunities such as workshops, association conferences, and training.

Since 2010, Lake Trust has supported 21 counselors and teachers in receiving the specialty training like that provided at the All Michigan Counselors Conference, which Hess attended in Kalamazoo, MI on November 6-7th.

Hess has been working as a student services coordinator/counselor for two years. Prior to counseling, she was a classroom teacher.

“I am still very new to the counseling field and eager to learn as much as I can to enhance my services to the students I serve,” says Hess. “My goal as a school counselor is to provide each student I serve with the best possible service, so they are prepared to enter post-secondary education and the workforce; I want to give them the opportunities necessary to be successful.”

Nicole Piche, Student Program Specialist at Lake Trust Credit Union, appreciates the opportunity to help provide this resource for today's educators.

“Jamie is very deserving of this award and we’re very excited to be able to help to provide this unique opportunity to her and other Michigan educators,” says Piche. “Lake Trust is committed to supporting financial education and college access efforts in Michigan schools.”

Funding for next year’s Professional Development Award Program begins February 1, 2012. Interested educators may email npiche(at)laketrust(dot)org and request an application.

Lake Trust strongly believes in supporting education in the communities it serves. Earlier this year, the Credit Union awarded $11,000 in scholarships to area high school students in the 21 branch communities around the state. In addition, the Credit Union conducted several seminars to help parents and students prepare for college and understand their award letters.

Lake Trust Credit Union is headquartered in Lansing, MI, and serves about 153,000 members from Lake Michigan to Lake Erie and Lake Huron, with branches in more than 20 communities throughout the state.

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