Essential Federal Credit Union Partners with Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Joining their Corporate Work Study Program

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Program makes it possible for low-income students to receive an affordable college-preparatory education

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Giving back is priority for our organization and this is an opportunity for us to impact the youth of our community.

Essential Federal Credit Union has partnered with the Corporate Work Study Program at Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School. The Corporate Work Study program makes it possible for low-income students to receive an affordable college-preparatory education. Essential aligns with Cristo Rey in working toward building better communities and unique opportunities for students by producing an overall better workforce of the future.

Cristo Rey hosted a draft day at the Baton Rouge Catholic Life Center on July 29, 2016. Essential staff members were present and eager to learn what students would be assigned to Essential’s team for this upcoming 2016- 2017 school year. Parents, students and corporate partners were present to cheer on the students when their corporate partner’s name was announced.

Students work one day a week in a corporate work environment. Essential will be part of providing a strong educational foundation for students by exposing them to a professional work atmosphere. They will work one on one with Essential employees and learn various aspects of the banking industry.

“We are honored to be a part of the first Cristo Rey’s Work Study Program in Baton Rouge. Giving back is priority for our organization and this is an opportunity for us to impact the youth of our community. Helping young adults develop and learn new skills is a passion of mine, and I am excited that Baton Rouge has welcomed such a great program.” commented Rick Williams, President/CEO of Essential Federal Credit Union.

About Essential Federal Credit Union
Founded in 1972 by a small group of Dow Chemical employees, Essential Federal Credit Union provides financial services for individuals and businesses including checking, loans, IRAs, savings and more. Essential has more than 27,000 members in nine parishes in the Baton Rouge community: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Ascension, Livingston, Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Helena. With more than $317 million in assets, Essential is a community-chartered credit union that is federally insured through the National Credit Union Administration. For more information about Essential or to apply for membership, visit http://www.essentialfcu.org.

About Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan School
Cristo Rey Baton Rouge High School is part of the national Cristo Rey Network of schools. The Network is comprised of 30 high schools that provide a quality, Catholic, college preparatory education to 8,000 young people who live in communities with limited educational options. All students at Cristo Rey Network schools participate in a work-study program in which they finance the majority of the cost of their education, gain real world job experience, grow in self-confidence, and realize the relevance of their education. Learn more at cristoreynetwork.org.

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