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SECU Sponsors Sold Out STEM Education Event for Girls and

CHARLOTTE, NC, Sept. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) was pleased to be the presenting sponsor for a Voices: Voces Speaker Series organized by BFB Foundation and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC). The event was held to promote education and career fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for girls and women in the Charlotte Metro area. Thanks to the financial support of SECU, BFB Foundation was able to award 14 local scholarships to deserving STEM students for the fall of 2022.

Held at CPCC’s new theater in the Parr Center, the event sold out well in advance and received an overwhelming response from STEM educators, student families and the public to hear keynote speaker Shayla Rivera, a former NASA rocket scientist and lifelong champion of science and education. Rivera shared her personal journey and the educational opportunities and exciting career opportunities in STEM-related fields.

SECU Chief Operating Officer Leigh Brady gave an opening statement before introducing Rivera to the audience. “We are thrilled to sponsor this important event knowing it will serve a great purpose in funding scholarships to support the BFB Foundation’s mission to empower communities through girls’ education-focused initiatives. The Credit Union has a strong community presence throughout North Carolina, along with a diverse workforce composed primarily of women. As such, we have a strong commitment to programs like this.”

Before concluding, Brady added: “To all the students in the audience today, please take every opportunity to listen, learn and be. inspired during your trip. Everything you gain are building blocks to strengthen your foundation for an incredibly bright future.”

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“It is a special honor that SECU is the presenting sponsor of BFB Foundation’s Voices: Voces Speaker Series. Since 1937, SECU has provided financial services and products to North Carolina’s state and education workers and has continued to provide financial education to schools and communities in North Carolina,” said Christine Burns-Fazzi, founder and board chair of BFB Foundation. “They truly believe that we make our communities and our lives better through education.”

Aabout SECU and the SECU . Foundation
SECU, a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, has been providing consumer financial services to North Carolina employees and their families for 85 years. SECU is the second largest credit union in the United States with $53 billion in assets and serves more than 2.6 million members through 273 branches, more than 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 member services by phone, and a mobile app. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by SECU member contributions, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact housing projects, education, healthcare and human services. Since 2004, the SECU Foundation has made a collective financial commitment of more than $235 million to statewide initiatives to benefit North Carolina.

Contact: Sandra Jones, Senior Vice President – ​​Communications
Office: 919-508-8773 |

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