Financial Literacy

Why Financial Literacy?

According to a study done by Hartford Financial Services Group, 76% of those who graduate college feel ill-equipped to handle their financial challenges due to a lack of financial education. We see this as an opportunity to help. Listerhill Credit Union was founded with a goal of teaching those in the community to make better decisions with their money. We wish to continue that ambition in your classroom! By offering a one time, 45-minute course on financial literacy, Listerhill wants to provide your students the opportunity to gain a knowledge base that will help them make smarter financial decisions for a lifetime.

Van O, Director of Financial Literacy

Matthew Van Ormer, or “Van O,” is an alumnus of UNA. He graduated in 2010 with a degree in Public Communication. Matthew began his career at Listerhill in January 2011 as a Consumer Loan Officer and he has since become the Director of Financial Literacy. Matthew works well with students, keeping their attention while also providing them with important knowledge that will help them throughout their lives. He is fun loving, entertaining and, most important, passionate about financial literacy.

Listerhill's Financial Literacy 101 Course

Personal finances aren’t always easy to understand, but during this course, students will get the opportunity to make sense of it all. They will be taught practical financial lessons they can easily apply to their daily lives. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand the importance of creating a budget, differentiate between many types of loans and they will no longer be left in the dark when it comes to what makes up a credit score. This course will answer all the major financial questions a student would have and provide the students with a framework to make good financial decisions throughout their lives.

Financial Literacy Contact

If you’re interested in having Van O teach this course to your college class, email him at


While we hope you find the information you need online, we want to remind you that Listerhill is more than a website. We’re your credit union, and we look forward to helping you. Call us at (256) 383-9204 or 1-800-239-6033 for friendly, local assistance. Better yet, stop by one of our branches for some personal service.

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