ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Shana Runck, assistant vice president of community relations and financial capabilities at New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, has been asked to serve on the Economic Education Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

According to the $1.5 billion-asset CU, Runck was appointed to the prestigious position based on her "expertise in financial capabilities education, as well as innovative outreach strategies to students and educators in the local Albuquerque community."

Runck helped develop New Mexico Educators FCU's financial capabilities course curriculum for high school and college students, and has played a role in the City of Albuquerque's Running Start for Careers Career Corps program by teaching the program's Financial Services Career Exploration course to students.

She will participate in three meetings as part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Economic Education Advisory Council.

The mission of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Economic Education Advisory Council is to strengthen partnerships and synergize resources with economic education centers, councils, and organizations. The Economic Education Advisory Council is led by Federal Reserve Bank staff and consists between 10 and 15 select economic education representatives and education professionals from Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.

"This rare opportunity for Shana to serve on the Economic Education Advisory Council reflects our organizational commitment to financial capability in the state of New Mexico," said Terry Laudick, CEO of New Mexico Educators FCU. "Shana can share the innovative work that New Mexico Educators FCU has done to provide students with career opportunities and long-term economic success."

"I am honored to have been selected to serve on this education advisory council and share my passion with other educational leaders from throughout the region," said Runck. "It is a wonderful opportunity to discuss, collaborate, and share ideas to improve education opportunities for students."

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New Mexico Educators FCU noted its financial capabilities program's curriculum is utilized by several educational institutions including Albuquerque Public Schools, Central New Mexico Community College and the University of New Mexico to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage their finances.

The financial capabilities program is scalable to provide a full Common Core State Standards-aligned 18-module curriculum, individual financial workshops, and topic-specific courses.

Runck has also developed the Running Start for Careers Career Corps Financial Services Career Exploration curriculum that focuses on careers in the financial industry from tellers and loan officers to marketing and human resources. High school students are able to take this dual-credit class and learn the basics of the financial services industry. After the completion of the course, students are eligible to apply for an internship at the credit union.

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