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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The hard work of three years paid off Thursday for Richland Northeast's career and technology education teacher Hannah Mae Johnson.

The teacher had been working on a partnership between her students and SAFE Federal Credit Union.

Thursday the school along with the credit union celebrated the grand opening of a SAFE Federal Credit Union branch on the campus of RNE.

The opening of the new branch is perfect for students like sophomore Justin Owen, who hopes to get a jump start on his career.

Owen said, "I want to own my own business someday maybe or be a financial analyst, something in the financial field or business field."

Owen is one of the six students that will work as tellers in the SAFE Federal Credit Union branch at the high school.

"I thought it was a great opportunity, I've always liked the financial career path and I think it will really help me in life and in college and the rest of my education," said Owen.

Ken Privette is the credit union's board chairman, he says the lessons learned will help students beyond the walls of the classroom.

Privette said, "It is an opportunity for their students to learn financial responsibility, it is an opportunity for our employees to be more involved to teach some of the financial literacy skills they are going to need as they move into adulthood."

A SAFE employee will be on site during banking hours guiding the students through the transactions, but this is not going to be a free period according to the Principal Sabrina Suber.

According to Suber, "The students do all of the work, all of the entry, all of the in take of the cash, as well as withdrawals and so they do all of the work."

Owen says he is just looking forward to getting started.

"I think it will look really good a college application or a job application anywhere, it is really good experience, I'm not getting paid, but that is OK, I think it really is going to benefit me," said Owen.

The Richland Northeast SAFE Federal Credit Union branch is open to students and employees only.

RNE is the only Richland Two school with its own banking facility on campus.

In 2012, SAFE opened a branch inside Lee Central High School in Bishopville.

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