UW-Stout: Students get timely lessons from pros on handling their finances
Menomonie, Wis. — In the eyes of Chelse Cockeram, the students filling a University of
Cockeram, the talent department coordinator at WESTconsin Credit Union of Menomonie,
“Identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in the U.S.,” Cockeram told the students.
Cockeram was one of four WESTconsin employees who presented hourlong programs to the
“We have employees who are passionate about helping others, so many of them jump at the chance to present financial wellness topics to students like Jill’s business class,” said Lora Benrud, WESTconsin CEO.
The average identity theft victim loses $500 and spends 30 hours resolving the problems it
WESTconsin has a department designated to help customers who are victims of fraud.
Cockeram quizzed students about how to reduce their risk of being a target of fraud, what to do if they are targeted and more.
She pointed out just six situations in which it’s safe for someone to give out their Social
Students were engaged with the presenters in all four of the classes, Paetzold said.
Casey Mikl, a junior from St. Croix Falls, said the classes “stress what we need to do now to
“You take away so much when you have someone speaking who works in the field. These
Clay Morgan, of St. Paul, a senior in business administration , found the classes particularly
“I was definitely taking in that information. With ID theft, now I know what to watch out for,” said Morgan, a native of Kentucky. “It’s well-thought-out information.”
Other topics in the series of classes were understanding credit, presented by WESTconsin’s
Amanda Kahl, who helped with all four classes, is a Membership Services representative for
WESTconsin , based in Menomonie, has offices in 13 cities and serves members in 25
Benrud helped initiate the partnership with UW-Stout. She worked with the STEMM College
“WESTconsin Credit Union’s mission is to help our members achieve financial success. It is
UW-Stout is Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University , with a focus on applied learning,