‘Career pathways’ program is leading high school students to the teller window at their own credit union branch.

By Larry Nagengast | Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the September 2018 issue

feature-schoolsIn a few months, students and staff at Indian River High School who are carrying a few extra bucks in their pocket will have a new option. They’ll be able to take them to the bank … because the bank will be right down the hall.

Del-One Federal Credit Union will be opening a satellite branch at Indian River — most likely in January, credit union and school officials say — with students serving as tellers and business teacher Jeff Bunting adding the title of branch manager to his responsibilities.

The family returned from New Jersey year after year. And in 1988, Garrison, who was married by then and had two daughters, started bringing her own family to the park at the Indian River Inlet.  They have come every year since.

The branch, which will be Del-One’s first in a Sussex County school, represents another step forward for Indian River’s bustling Academy of Finance, one of a growing number of “career pathways” created to help students put more of their own money in the bank of their choice after graduation.

The pathways represent a contemporary attempt to make high school more meaningful, especially for students not planning to attend a four-year college. Through these initiatives, “they can start a career with credentials they earn while in high school,” says Michael Young, supervisor of secondary education in the Cape Henlopen School District. “From a kid’s point of view, they say, ‘This can get me somewhere.’”

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