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The ribbon has been cut and the doors opened for clients, current and potential. Apex Credit Union celebrated its new location on the main floor of ICT Wed., Nov. 9. The new location actually opened during the summer break, but Apex officially held its grand opening when more people were on campus.

"The credit union has been here almost as long as the campus," said Apex Marketing Manager Judy Pohl. Previously located in the basement of science theatres, the new location was chosen for increased exposure and to provide better service.

"It's important for people to know we're here," said Pohl.

A credit union is very similar to a bank, but functions more like a co-op with members actually having ownership of the union.

"People answer our phones," stressed Apex Member Services Representative Sharon Redstone. "They'll actually get a live voice."

The credit union is open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and membership is open to anyone. Apex offers all the services of a big bank with two staff on campus: a financial planner and a member services representative. They also offer special student services including accounts with reduced fees and loans.

Apex Credit Union hopes their new, more visible location will promote growth, especially in student membership. Pohl encouraged anyone to stop in with questions or for information.

"Everyone is welcome," she said.

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