Partnership Celebrates 15 Years of Collaboration in Support of Financial Literacy
(Lake Charles, Louisiana – December 8, 2023)
SOWELA Technical Community College announced today that CSE Federal Credit Union will serve as the official credit union of the College, a culmination of more than 15 years of collaboration in support of financial literacy. The partnership solidifies the long-standing value of both institutions to prepare SOWELA students effectively for the next step in their career journey with a solid foundation of financial best practices.
“When individuals enroll at SOWELA, their ultimate goal is to gain the skills and training needed to secure a better-paying job and move up in their chosen field,” said SOWELA Chancellor Dr. Neil Aspinwall. “We want to ensure our students have a solid financial foundation to manage those additional resources well, putting them on a path to career success and financial freedom. Continuing to grow our partnership with CSE helps strengthen that endeavor.”
CSE will offer money matters sessions, individual financial counseling, lunch-and-learns with topics from life skills to saving for early retirement, and other programs that will directly benefit SOWELA faculty, staff, students, and alums. These resources will be available at all four SOWELA locations in Lake Charles, Jennings, Leesville and Oakdale. CSE will also debut a new SOWELA Flying Tiger card to its credit union members.
“As the President/CEO of CSE Federal Credit Union, I am immensely proud to announce we are deepening our partnership with SOWELA. Collaborating with this esteemed institution aligns seamlessly with our commitment to community empowerment and education which will give its students and staff additional value. Together, we aim to foster financial literacy, support educational pursuits and build a foundation for shared financial success. This partnership exemplifies our dedication to the growth and well-being of our community, and we look forward to the positive impact we can create together,” Matt Koch, CSE President and CEO, said.
CSE has proudly served Southwest Louisiana for 80 years. It has four locations in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff, Deridder and Jennings and is part of a national co-op of credit unions, providing members with access to their accounts no matter where they are. For more information, visit the CSE Federal Credit Union (opens new window) website.
About SOWELA Technical Community College
SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates. The College empowers learners in career and technical education and enables transfer students to pursue a four-year degree, so all learners excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for more than 80 years.