Students at Eden Prairie High School interested in business and marketing will have a chance to hone their skills next fall when a new in-school credit union is set to open.

The west metro district is partnering with the Royal Credit Union (RCU) to open a branch inside the school that will be staffed by students enrolled in busines and marketing intern program who will work under the supervision of RCU staff.

The RCU branch will be designed to function as a credit union and financial education center during the select hours of operation, and as a student community center during non-branch hours. It will feature casual seating, electronic device charging stations for student convenience and an area to conduct visual presentations.

The tellers will also offer financial education presentations and informal tips to help prepare the students for a future in finance.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our school and students,” said High School Principal Conn McCartan. “Our business students will be given a chance to cultivate new career skills and gain tangible experience and exposure to the industry before they leave our high school."

The Royal Credit Union School Site program was established in 1994 and currently operates 27 in-school credit union branches in Wisconsin. The Eden Prairie High School branch will be the seventh student-run credit union to open in the state of Minnesota.