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Western Tech College partners with FirstLight Federal Credit Union

March 4, 2022
Western Tech College partners with FirstLight Federal Credit Union

CU will provide Financial Access & Education, Scholarships, and Internships
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. 

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."

About Western Technical College
Founded in 1970, Western Technical College has been a family-owned and operated nationally accredited institution of higher education for four generations in El Paso, Texas.  Western Tech is committed to supporting its students from the time of enrollment, throughout the program of study and through graduation and employment.  Western Tech’s mission is to provide quality training and education in a caring, professional environment that prepares new students and working adults with the skills they need to succeed and advance in their chosen careers.

About FirstLight Federal Credit Union
FirstLight Federal Credit Union is a local financial cooperative serving over 100,000 members in the El Paso, Fort Bliss, and Las Cruces communities. Founded in 1955 by nine pioneers to help military and civilian personnel, the credit union has grown to $1.4 billion in assets serving El Paso, TX and Doña Ana, NM counties. To learn more about FirstLight and its Community Foundation, visit