Convenience is the word for North Richland Hills residents as their banking options increased today. Unity One Credit Union opened its sixth branch at Birdville ISD's Center of Technology and Advanced Learning (BCTAL). NRH residents and Birdville ISD students, teachers, staff and parents have a not-for-profit financial institution to visit, situated on Mid Cities Blvd. and less than a mile east of Rufe Snow Dr.
At a ribbon cutting and grand opening breakfast, North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino spoke on behalf of the city council and citizens and emphasized that partnerships such as the one between Unity One and Birdville ISD are a win-win for everyone but especially the students. He also jokingly thanked Birdville ISD board members and Superintendent Darrell Brown for assisting in the city's economic development efforts, and he commended them for innovative learning. Unity One CEO Gary Williams stressed that the partnership is reciprocal and that the credit union plans to be a resource for financial education for all district schools. The Northeast Tarrant Chamber performed a ribbon cutting and made presentations to Unity One CEO Gary Williams and BCTAL Branch Manager Priscilla Garcia.
The branch is staffed and equipped to provide Unity One's menu of products and services including deposits, withdrawals, loan processing, money orders, check cashing etc. to existing members and the community. In early November, the BCTAL branch will be added to the shared branching network, and members of other credit unions will be able to deposit, withdraw and make payments via the branch.
Birdville ISD's Center of Technology and Advanced Learning was built in 2009 with space for a financial insitutiton to aid in reinforcing financial responsibility to students. After a failed partnership left the space vacant for three years, the district found synergy with Unity One Credit Union, headquartered in Fort Worth. The BCTAL Branch of Unity One will employ Birdville ISD students as tellers, and the credit union has installed an ATM on school grounds. The ATM uniquely distributes 5s and 20s, to meet the needs of students.
About Unity One Credit Union
Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.
Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake and St. Paul, MN may apply for membership. Unity One CU has six branches to serve over 23,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.®
The Birdville Center of Technology and Advanced Learning (BCTAL) is a bond-funded facility, built in 2009, that houses career and technology courses, advanced science courses and dual-credit college classes. There is a business/college atmosphere, without school bells, that promotes collaboration and advanced learning.
Students have the opportunity to get a head start on acquiring the skills necessary to be successful in their chosen careers and in college. Onsite is a movie theater, bistro and school store and now a credit union that are operated by students. Courses offered at BCTAL include: finance, culinary arts, cosmetology, automotive technology, construction, marketing, health and medicine, audio/video production, law and much more. For more information about BCTAL visit www.birdvilleschools.net/cotal or call 817.547.3800.