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MCAN’s Goal to Increase Secondary Education in Michigan

The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has one goal: to increase the amount of Michigan residents with high-quality degrees and credentials from 34% to 60% by the year 2025.

MCAN wants to help Michigan become a vibrant economy with strong communities.  Their mission is to increase the college participation and completion rate in Michigan, particularly among low-income and/or first generation college students of all ages.

How do they plan to do this? MCAN serves community-based and campus-based college access organizations through advocacy/leadership, professional development, program development, technical assistance, and sustainability support.

Organizations such as school districts, institutions of higher education, youth-serving nonprofit organizations, government agencies, corporations, and foundations, may join MCAN and receive member benefits. Contact MCAN to find out how you can become a member or get involved!

To learn more about MCAN and their mission, visit their website or check them out on Facebook.

See what MCAN is doing in your community!

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(Photo from http://www.micollegeaccess.org/)

Introducing Retirement Central

Do you have retirement planning questions? Most of us do. That’s why we want to give you some information on Retirement Central, located on our website. Whether you’re already in your retirement, or just getting started, Retirement Central gives you practical ideas to help you with the planning process.

You’ll find information on IRAs – how you can open them and how to manage them,  online tools and ideas that can help you achieve financial security in your retirement, frequently asked questions and more.

And if you have questions of your own, Lake Trust IRA/Investment Specialists can explain your options and help you find answers, give us a call at 888.267.7200.

You can also take advantage of our Retirement Calculators to help you figure out how much you should be saving for your retirement each year, what your expenses will be after you retire, how much Social Security will provide, and a variety of other retirement questions.

Ready to start? Visit Retirement Central today.

Wall Street Journal: Credit Unions Still Outdo Their Bank Counterparts

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal’s  Nicole Ridgway wrote a Weekend Investor piece comparing fees and rates between Credit Unions and banks.  Her findings showed that overwhelming Credit Unions beat banks in all categories.   The table below illustrates her point:

From WSJ Online

A few quotes from the article (which you can read in its entirety here):

Credit unions increasingly are opening their doors to a broader group of people—and offering deals that handily beat those offered at fee-heavy big banks. – Nicole Ridgway, Wall Street Journal

Part of credit unions’ competitive advantage stems from their not-for-profit structure, which allows them to return profits to members in the form of more-competitive interest rates and better products. – Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com

Hawk Island Triathlon

Wow! What a fabulous time we had at the Hawk Island Triathlon! Lake Trust volunteers, along with 800 athletes and hundreds of their family members and friends, were in attendance.

The Lake Trust team helped with registering athletes, getting their time chips on, and supplying them with after race replacement “carbs”.

It was great to see so many of our members participating in this race! We also had our very own Lake Trust triathlon athlete in attendance, Eric Ozanich. This was his first triathlon, great job Eric!

Eric, our multi-sport athlete

We can’t wait until next year! Maybe a few of us can join Eric and test our running/swimming/biking skills.

The weather was perfect, so we were able to capture a lot of great photos. Check them out on  Facebook!

First Half Funding for Professional Development Award Granted
Lake Trust Credit Union is committed to supporting financial education and college access efforts in Michigan schools.
We are pleased to announce that we have awarded three winners for the first half funding of our Professional Development Award Program.
The Lake Trust Credit Union Professional Development Award Program was established in 2010 and provides financial assistance to Michigan educators for out of classroom/school professional development opportunities such as workshops, association conferences, and training.
Awards are granted during the school year, and our first half winners are Paige Patterson, who is a Guidance Counselor at Portland High School and attended the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference, Lynn Hoerauf, a 5th - 8th grade Guidance Counselor at Farwell Middle School, who attended the Art Therapy for Grief and Loss Conference and Mackenzie Sheahan, an Elementary School Teacher at Shepherd Elementary. Mackenzie will be attending Singapore Math: Strategies That Work in Every Classroom. 
The Professional Development Award Program provides a resource for today’s educators to continue enhancing their teaching skills, while supporting their students’ financial and career goals to achieve a bright and exciting future in Michigan.
“Thank you, Lake Trust Credit Union, for supporting educators and kids through these professional development scholarships,” said Lynn Hoerauf. “I really appreciate the opportunity to attend this professional development conference! I have wanted to go to this conference for a long time.”
Congratulations to all three of our very deserving award winners! Funding for the 2nd half of the 2011 school year begins June 1, 2011 and runs through December 30, 2011. Visit us online to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Piche at 517-267-7111.

First Half Funding for Professional Development Award Granted

Lake Trust Credit Union is committed to supporting financial education and college access efforts in Michigan schools.

We are pleased to announce that we have awarded three winners for the first half funding of our Professional Development Award Program.

The Lake Trust Credit Union Professional Development Award Program was established in 2010 and provides financial assistance to Michigan educators for out of classroom/school professional development opportunities such as workshops, association conferences, and training.

Awards are granted during the school year, and our first half winners are Paige Patterson, who is a Guidance Counselor at Portland High School and attended the Michigan School Counselor Association Conference, Lynn Hoerauf, a 5th - 8th grade Guidance Counselor at Farwell Middle School, who attended the Art Therapy for Grief and Loss Conference and Mackenzie Sheahan, an Elementary School Teacher at Shepherd Elementary. Mackenzie will be attending Singapore Math: Strategies That Work in Every Classroom.

The Professional Development Award Program provides a resource for today’s educators to continue enhancing their teaching skills, while supporting their students’ financial and career goals to achieve a bright and exciting future in Michigan.

“Thank you, Lake Trust Credit Union, for supporting educators and kids through these professional development scholarships,” said Lynn Hoerauf. “I really appreciate the opportunity to attend this professional development conference! I have wanted to go to this conference for a long time.”

Congratulations to all three of our very deserving award winners! Funding for the 2nd half of the 2011 school year begins June 1, 2011 and runs through December 30, 2011. Visit us online to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Piche at 517-267-7111.

One Unified Website
Our Website Redesign 
We are pleased to announce our move to one united website. Still located at http://www.laketrust.org/, members from across the state will notice different changes depending on the region of their local branch. You will also notice the integration of products and services that has accompanied our BRIDGE project conversion.
Click here to become more familiar with how the move to one website will affect your website experience if you’re from the West Michigan, Lansing & Mt. Pleasant Area.
Click here to see the specific changes you’ll notice if you’re from the Southeast Michigan, Livingston & Washtenaw Area.
We’re excited to share the unified website with you. We hope you’ll come back often. Let us know if you have any problem finding anything or how we can facilitate your experience. We’d love to hear your feedback. Feel free to Contact Us.
Don’t forget to Subscribe to Lake Trust E-News and Updates on the Home page.

One Unified Website

Our Website Redesign

We are pleased to announce our move to one united website. Still located at http://www.laketrust.org/, members from across the state will notice different changes depending on the region of their local branch. You will also notice the integration of products and services that has accompanied our BRIDGE project conversion.

Click here to become more familiar with how the move to one website will affect your website experience if you’re from the West Michigan, Lansing & Mt. Pleasant Area.

Click here to see the specific changes you’ll notice if you’re from the Southeast Michigan, Livingston & Washtenaw Area.

We’re excited to share the unified website with you. We hope you’ll come back often. Let us know if you have any problem finding anything or how we can facilitate your experience. We’d love to hear your feedback. Feel free to Contact Us.

Don’t forget to Subscribe to Lake Trust E-News and Updates on the Home page.


“Like” us on Facebook to be entered into our Facebook “Like” Contest and multiple drawings for cash prizes!

We’ve already given away our $25 and $50 prizes and that means we’re halfway to our $250 grand prize! We are having tons of fun, but I’ve got to say, we can’t wait to find out who our next prize winners will be!
We’re getting closer to our $100 prize; ”Like” us on Facebook now and you’ll be entered into our drawings to win both the $100 prize and the $250 grand prize! Maybe you can beat the odds and win both! :)
Thanks to everyone who ”Likes” us so far; whether you’ve “Liked” us since day one or just recently, we appreciate you!

“Like” us on Facebook to be entered into our Facebook “Like” Contest and multiple drawings for cash prizes!

We’ve already given away our $25 and $50 prizes and that means we’re halfway to our $250 grand prize! We are having tons of fun, but I’ve got to say, we can’t wait to find out who our next prize winners will be!

We’re getting closer to our $100 prize; ”Like” us on Facebook now and you’ll be entered into our drawings to win both the $100 prize and the $250 grand prize! Maybe you can beat the odds and win both! :)

Thanks to everyone who ”Likes” us so far; whether you’ve “Liked” us since day one or just recently, we appreciate you!

Lake Trust Credit Union at the Capital City Film Festival
Lake Trust is very excited to be the Executive Producer Sponsor for the Capital City Film Festival! The festival is Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17 and will be held in various venues in and around downtown Lansing. 
The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is a film industry showcase that promotes and celebrates students and independent artists with an emphasis on Michigan-made films. One hundred filmmakers, representing independent films on all levels and within all genres, from Michigan and around the globe will participate. The festival also includes live music events, social events and a speaker series. 
Tickets are on sale now! Watch us on Facebook for a chance to win free passes!
Visit the CCFF Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages for timely updates and information.

Lake Trust Credit Union at the Capital City Film Festival

Lake Trust is very excited to be the Executive Producer Sponsor for the Capital City Film Festival! The festival is Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17 and will be held in various venues in and around downtown Lansing.

The Capital City Film Festival (CCFF) is a film industry showcase that promotes and celebrates students and independent artists with an emphasis on Michigan-made films. One hundred filmmakers, representing independent films on all levels and within all genres, from Michigan and around the globe will participate. The festival also includes live music events, social events and a speaker series.

Tickets are on sale now! Watch us on Facebook for a chance to win free passes!

Visit the CCFF Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages for timely updates and information.