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Idaho Central Named Number One Best Place to Work in Idaho

Apr 15
2021
Idaho Central was named the #1 Best Place to work in Idaho

We are proud to announce Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) has been named the #1 Best Place to Work in Idaho! We are honored to receive this recognition again. Winners were selected from an employee satisfaction survey conducted by POPULUS, a marketing and HR research firm. This is the twelfth year for the program, andRead more

We are proud to announce Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) has been named the #1 Best Place to Work in Idaho! We are honored to receive this recognition again.

Winners were selected from an employee satisfaction survey conducted by POPULUS, a marketing and HR research firm. This is the twelfth year for the program, and Idaho Central has been recognize as one of the Best Places to Work in Idaho for ten years in a row.

Participating organization’s employees take a confidential survey that covers the following topics: compensation and benefits, work environment, company management, employee growth and development, and work-life balance. The businesses that score in the top ten in each category are named the Best Places to Work in Idaho.

“ICCU is honored to be named the Best Place to Work in Idaho. When we focus our energy and efforts on our purpose of helping members achieve financial success, we make a difference. We are a Best Place to Work in Idaho because we have fun, we have energy, and we care about each other,” said Kent Oram, ICCU President and CEO.

To learn more about Idaho Central careers and apply at the Best Place to Work in Idaho, click here.

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ICCU Sponsors the CyberPatriots

Apr 01
2021

Idaho Central Credit Union is proud to sponsor several Idaho high schools in their participation of CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association. This year, two teams from Sandpoint High School placed 1st in their divisions for Idaho. Boise School District also had one team place 1st in theRead more

Idaho Central Credit Union is proud to sponsor several Idaho high schools in their participation of CyberPatriot, the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association. This year, two teams from Sandpoint High School placed 1st in their divisions for Idaho. Boise School District also had one team place 1st in the Platinum level, one place 3rd in the Gold Division, and one place 2nd in the Silver Level. Great job to all students involved!

Both Boise and Sandpoint have participated in CyberPatriot previously and brought experience and determination this year. Different components of the competition included forensics, securing Linux, Windows server systems, and Cisco Networking components.

CyberPatriot was created to address the cybersecurity needs in the United States and beyond. This program focuses on teaching middle school and high school students about the field of cybersecurity and the increasing demands of a technical workforce. Thousands of students who participate in this program compete in the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition each year which simulates realistic cyber situations. The competition puts teams in the position as an IT professional for a small company and tasks them with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The teams have six hours to analyze a set of virtual images that represent different operating systems.

Many of these students go on to pursue a career in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The mission of the CyberPatriots is to develop the next generation of security specialists who can defend against cybercrime at the national and state level. According to the Herjavec Group, the gap of unfilled cybersecurity jobs will grow to 3.5 million by the end of this year. These students have been connected to technology their entire lives and this program prepares them to meet a crucial need in today’s fast paced and constantly changing cyberspace.

Idaho Central prioritizes building relationships with our communities and the schools within them. Cybersecurity is vital to any financial institution, and ICCU has made it front and center as we work to protect and serve our members. The CyberPatriots’ pursuit to increase awareness and enhance security aligns directly with our mission to use state-of-the-art cybersecurity measures to protect personal information and keep transactions safe.

“One of the key value propositions of our sponsorship of CyberPatriot is that it gives us early access and visibility to upcoming cyber talent in our region,” says Nick Stafford, Chief information Security Officer at Idaho Central Credit Union. “We certainly want to have some mindshare with these students as they build and develop the next steps in their careers – the value of this in such a tight job market shouldn’t be underestimated.”

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Alcantara now Mortgage Loan Officer at ICCU

Mar 19
2021
Picture of Aric Alcantara with his job title as a Mortgage Loan Officer

Aric Alcantara has joined Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) as a Mortgage Loan Officer. Aric was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Medford, Oregon. He spent a year at the University of Oregon before transferring to the University of Colorado in Boulder. Outside of work, Aric loves to spend time with his wife andRead more

Aric Alcantara has joined Idaho Central Credit Union (ICCU) as a Mortgage Loan Officer.

Aric was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Medford, Oregon. He spent a year at the University of Oregon before transferring to the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Outside of work, Aric loves to spend time with his wife and their two children. He enjoys skiing, building custom wood furniture, and working on various construction projects.

Aric has been in the mortgage industry for four years now, working with home equity loans, lines of credit, and refinancing. He understands the local housing market and is looking forward to making the experience smooth for ICCU members!

If you are looking for a Mortgage Loan Officer in the Post Falls area, contact Aric Alcantara at (208) 966-6343 or aalcantara@iccu.com.

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Idaho’s Best Credit Union of 2021

Feb 16
2021
Two women sitting with the Best Credit Union Award

Idaho Central Credit Union is honored to have been voted Idaho’s Best Credit Union for all regions at the 2021 Idaho’s Best Award Ceremony! Idaho’s Best is the biggest annual competition, with the highest participation rate, in which businesses are nominated for each category and then advanced to the voting stage. Any business can beRead more

Idaho Central Credit Union is honored to have been voted Idaho’s Best Credit Union for all regions at the 2021 Idaho’s Best Award Ceremony!

Idaho’s Best is the biggest annual competition, with the highest participation rate, in which businesses are nominated for each category and then advanced to the voting stage. Any business can be nominated as long as they are accredited with the Better Business Bureau. This year there were 890 business entries from all across Idaho!

Idaho residents can register to vote and vote once per category. The top three to six nominees in each category move to the finalist stage. This year, votes were cast with ballots secured through text message verification and the finalists were vetted by the BBB.

Idaho’s Best differs from other awards in that it’s not just the votes that count for each business. To ensure fair results and that small and large businesses have an equal opportunity to win, Idaho’s Best considers online reviews from the last 12 calendar months as votes as well.

The awards are then given on a statewide and regional basis. Idaho Central Credit Union is excited to have been awarded for 38 of our locations, giving us the 2021 title of Best Credit Union for all regions! All winners are then featured in the Idaho’s Best of 2021 magazine.

Thank you to our members who voted for ICCU! We are devoted to  providing members with world class service while helping them achieve financial success!  Thank you for your support!

If you would like to learn more about the Idaho’s Best Awards and see a complete list of all the winners, please visit their website here.

 

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An Update on Our Stukent Partnership

Jan 29
2021
Student studying at laptop

Just over a year ago, we announced our partnership with Stukent to provide a grant that would impact thousands of Idaho and Washington students. This contribution made it possible for over 450 high schools to get access to free financial literacy courseware. Students and teachers are benefiting from using Stukent’s Mimic Personal Finance courseware freeRead more

Just over a year ago, we announced our partnership with Stukent to provide a grant that would impact thousands of Idaho and Washington students. This contribution made it possible for over 450 high schools to get access to free financial literacy courseware.

Students and teachers are benefiting from using Stukent’s Mimic Personal Finance courseware free of charge. So far, about 200 high schools have received grants made possible by this partnership, though more and more schools continue to sign up for these grants every day.

Mimic Personal Finance uses state-of-the-art technology and decision-learning theory to deliver hands-on learning experiences that no other courseware provides.

Here are just a few of the skills students will develop by using this financial literacy courseware:

  • Creating and sticking to a budget
  • Managing bills
  • Building credit
  • Buying stocks
  • Saving for major expenses (like buying a home or car)

If you would like to learn more about this unique opportunity and enroll your school in Mimic Personal Finance for free, visit Stukent’s website here.