2011-05-12 / Education

Branch to Branch

Students get a chance to visit credit union
Story and photos by Thomas Reznich


ONE OF THE COOLEST JOBS Bobcat Branch Bookkeeper Emma O’Toole loads a canister into a drivethrough tube as Houghton Lake Branch Teller Sarah Thomas watches. O’Toole said working in the drive-through was one of the coolest jobs at the credit union. After spending the morning job shadowing at the Houghton Lake Branch the students were treated to pizza for lunch by NCACU. ONE OF THE COOLEST JOBS Bobcat Branch Bookkeeper Emma O’Toole loads a canister into a drivethrough tube as Houghton Lake Branch Teller Sarah Thomas watches. O’Toole said working in the drive-through was one of the coolest jobs at the credit union. After spending the morning job shadowing at the Houghton Lake Branch the students were treated to pizza for lunch by NCACU. Students involved in the North Central Area Credit Union’s Bobcat Branch office at Houghton Lake Middle School had a taste of the big time when they visited the Houghton Lake Branch Office Friday.

Each of the five fourth graders who made the trip were rotated through several jobs to give them an idea of how the office operates.

“I like math, it’s one of my favorite subjects,” said Bobcat Branch Manager Nathan Talbot, adding “It’s nice to learn how to do things for when I really have a job.” Teller Beverly Forbes, who is the liaison between the Bobcat Branch, which operates at the Middle School and the Houghton Lake Branch said she liked the job shadowing visit “because I have someone doing my work for me.”


BIG MONEY (Above) Bobcat Branch Teller Emily Johnson gets the chance to count some big bills as customer Tim Muckenthaler and Houghton Lake Branch Teller Lynne Debo watch. Johnson said she enjoys being a teller because “you can count the money and you have to be responsible.” BIG MONEY (Above) Bobcat Branch Teller Emily Johnson gets the chance to count some big bills as customer Tim Muckenthaler and Houghton Lake Branch Teller Lynne Debo watch. Johnson said she enjoys being a teller because “you can count the money and you have to be responsible.” The Bobcat Branch at Houghton Lake Middle School is open on Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., and performs some of the same functions as the credit union’s real branch offices. Students, staff and members of the general public can make deposits there and access their accounts at any NCACU branch office.

The credit union also sponsors the Buck Branch at Roscommon Elementary School and at schools in Standish.



MANNING THE WINDOWS (Left) Houghton Lake Branch Head Teller Margot Coppernoll gives Bobcat Branch Bookkeeper Alexis Souder a few pointers between customers at the North Central Area Credit Union Friday. MANNING THE WINDOWS (Left) Houghton Lake Branch Head Teller Margot Coppernoll gives Bobcat Branch Bookkeeper Alexis Souder a few pointers between customers at the North Central Area Credit Union Friday.

BRANCHING OUT North Central Area Credit Union employees who took part in Friday’s job shadowing at the Houghton Lake Branch included Bobcat Branch employees (front left to right) branch manager Nathan Talbot, bookkeepers Emma O’Toole and Alexis Souder and tellers Emily Johnson and Ally Sajdak (all fourth graders), Houghton Lake Branch employees (middle row, left to right) member service specialist Debbie LeGarie, teller and liaison with the Bobcat Branch Beverly Forbes, head teller Margot Coppernoll, teller Lynne Debo, teller Nicole Perkola, (back row, left to right) fourth grade teacher Jennifer Williams, teller Sarah Thomas and branch manager Betty Guldner. BRANCHING OUT North Central Area Credit Union employees who took part in Friday’s job shadowing at the Houghton Lake Branch included Bobcat Branch employees (front left to right) branch manager Nathan Talbot, bookkeepers Emma O’Toole and Alexis Souder and tellers Emily Johnson and Ally Sajdak (all fourth graders), Houghton Lake Branch employees (middle row, left to right) member service specialist Debbie LeGarie, teller and liaison with the Bobcat Branch Beverly Forbes, head teller Margot Coppernoll, teller Lynne Debo, teller Nicole Perkola, (back row, left to right) fourth grade teacher Jennifer Williams, teller Sarah Thomas and branch manager Betty Guldner.

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