Recognizing both the growing importance of renewable energy in the region and the rising need for trained professionals in the renewable energy sector, Missoula Federal Credit Union (MFCU) has pledged $53,000 to the Missoula Federal Credit Union Energy Technology Lab in the new Missoula College building on East Broadway.
MFCU President and CEO Jack Lawson said, “We achieve a number of things at once with this contribution. We are deepening our long-standing partnership with the University of Montana. We are helping to support the training of professionals who aspire to work in the renewable energy sector. And we are further demonstrating the credit union’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”
MFCU has a history of leading by example in green construction and renewable energy. In 2009, we opened our Russell Street Branch at 1775 South Russell, the first Platinum LEED Certified building in Missoula. Additionally, the remodel currently underway at the Reserve Street Branch—2610 North Reserve–includes a 40kW photovoltaic array that will help the credit union offset rising energy prices in the future. Solar panels can also be found on our Corporate Training Center at 3600 Brooks Street.
It’s a good match for Missoula College, where the Energy Technology Program is blossoming. Dr. Bradley Layton directs the program and recently accepted a Montana Innovator Award from Governor Steve Bullock for the college’s role in introducing students to energy systems and technology, including renewable energy technologies and carbon pollution migration strategies.
“We’re very excited to have the credit union as a partner in our growth,” said Layton.” The Energy Technology Lab will provide our students valuable hands-on learning experiences and better prepare them for careers in the rapidly expanding renewable and sustainable energy industries.”
Founded in 1956, Missoula College became the two-year unit of the University of Montana in 1994. The college provides outstanding occupational and technical education covering 35 program areas to residents of Western Montana and beyond.
A member of the MT Renewable Energy Association, we are a member-owned financial cooperative based in Missoula, MT. With 6 branches and over 45,000 member-owners, MFCU is the second largest credit union in the state. We will celebrate 60 years of service in 2016.