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SEU Partnership with GTE Financial Provides Hands-On Learning Opportunities for Students

Due to a recently established partnership with GTE Financial, Southeastern University will open a student-powered financial center on campus. The financial center will be the second student-powered credit union that GTE has opened in Florida and will offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in financial services. GTE’s first student-powered credit union opened in June of 2014 in Ybor.

The student-powered center will be completely run and operated by Southeastern students.

“This partnership enables us to offer experiential learning opportunities for our students that will develop essential skills, confidence and leadership,” said Dr. Joe Childs, dean for Southeastern’s College of Business & Legal Studies. “These experiences will enhance their readiness for the job market.”

Four Southeastern students were interviewed by GTE and selected to operate the center. The students spent several months in training at another GTE branch, where they learned about IRAs, opening memberships, transactions, investments, member experience and auto loans. The GTE branch will provide several additional paid positions for students.

“GTE Financial is very excited and thankful to partner with Southeastern University for a new student-powered center. We will draw on our experience and success at our Ybor student-powered center to deliver a top-notch experience to our current and prospective members,” said Tim Daniska, GTE product manager.

The center will offer a full-range of financial services, such as investments, consumer lending, home loans, free checking and earned dividends on savings, college/youth accounts and many more services. The center will be open to the public and operates Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 12 to 4 p.m.