Bishopville, SC (WLTX) - A Midlands credit union has opened a branch inside a high school and turned the safe over the students who run the day to day operations.
"It helps me learn about something that I enjoy doing," said Quinten Hudson, a junior at Lee Central High School. Hudson is one of six student tellers who run the branch 3 days a week.
The students selected submitted resumes and went through an interview process. They receive one high school credit for their work.
"They're leaning checking, saving, cd's, the whole gamut of banking. I mean it's fantastic for them," said Ron Webb, Principal at Lee Central High School. "It's given my students the hands on and the financial education that they need to help them be successful in the future."
A Safe Federal Credit Union employee is on-site when the branch is open in case the students have any questions. They also make sure money is accounted for and the environment stays safe.
"They're not mock," said Lynn Wright with Safe Federal Credit Union. "The kids get to handle real money and they get to take home the benefit and tell their parents or whoever in their future career that they have money handling experience."
The credit union limits students to a maximum $50.00 withdrawl each day.
"It's giving me bettern opportunities on job applications and college applications for a skill that I already have," said Hudson.