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March 4, 2022

El Paso, TX— FirstLight Federal Credit Union and Western Technical College (WTC) have entered into a long-term partnership to promote student success on the WT Campuses by providing financial wellness programs, scholarships, and internships.  Moreover, financial access to all students, alumni, faculty, and staff—from new accounts to wealth management. View our story here:

The campus wide partnership will start immediately, with FirstLight investing $100,000 into scholarships, onsite and virtual financial literacy programs, and a future drive-up Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) at WTC’s East Campus.  Also, as Western Tech’s “Official Financial Institution Partner”, FirstLight will support shared community-based initiatives.

“Partnering with a proven financial institution who shares in our overarching mission to prepare our students and working adults in their respective careers was paramount,” said Brad Kuykendall, Chief Executive of Western Technical College.  “This partnership aligns our mission and values to elevate financial services and educational priorities.”

Karl Murphy, President and CEO of FirstLight Federal Credit Union, stated “we are committed to our local students and assisting in their financial education.”  Adding, “we want to complement Western Tech’s model by providing greater tools and resources to prepare them for life after education.

FirstLight, who recently debuted its bilingual financial wellness podcast “Get Lit with FirstLight”, continues to showcase why they are “more than a financial institution.”  From its financial wellness offerings and scholarship opportunities to its FirstLight Giving Program to mitigate food insecurity, the credit union is focused on serving the needs of their serving communities.

As Mr. Kuykendall states, “our student and community investments with partners like FirstLight will bring a lifetime of success.”