TruWest and Year Up Complete its First Year Intern Program Partnership

Tempe, Ariz. – In an effort to continue its work in the community by improving the career development of young professionals, TruWest® Credit Union is excited to complete a successful year of hosting an intern selected from Arizona’s local chapter of the Year Up career preparation program.

Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides young adults a combination of hands-on skills development, college-credit coursework, corporate internships and other career support.

Melina Quezada, a full-time student at Gateway Community College in Arizona, started her internship portion of the Year Up program at TruWest in the fall of 2016 and will transition to full-time employment at the Credit Union this summer.

“It’s really taught me how to be more self-sufficient in the work environment,” said Quezada.

Throughout the duration of the program, Melina has spent her time at TruWest getting acquainted with the inner workings of every department, including record keeping, finance, marketing and both business and consumer lending, just to name a few. Quezada states that the exposure has helped her better understand how an institution in the financial industry is run.

With Quezada’s graduation and transition into the staff at the credit union, TruWest will be on the lookout in August to bring in its next Year Up candidate.

“We’re extremely thankful for what the Year Up program has provided us. Melina has been phenomenal this past year, and I know she’ll continue to add value to the staff here at TruWest,” stated Vice President of Member Services Jennifer Kimmell.

Kimmell, who supervised and taught Quezada during her time in the program, is hoping to stay involved with this program for the years to come.

“We’re definitely going to continue working with them next year,” Kimmell said. “This is a great way that we can continually add first-rate talent to our roster.”

About TruWest Credit Union

TruWest Credit Union is headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. and operates as a cooperative to provide its membership with a lifetime of quality financial services and a culture of caring for its members, employees and communities. TruWest is a strong and sound financial institution with more than 81,000 members and assets totaling more than $1 billion. TruWest Credit Union has 12 branches—nine in the metro Phoenix area and three in Austin, Texas. For more information and locations, visit

About Year Up, Inc.

Year Up’s mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Year Up achieves this mission through a high support, high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college-level coursework. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place these young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency. Year Up currently serves more than 3,600 students annually across 24 campuses in Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, National Capital Region, New York City, Providence, Puget Sound, South Florida and Wilmington. To learn more, visit

HTTP://WWW.YEARUP.ORG, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter: @YearUp

Jennifer Kimmell