TopLine Federal Credit Union Sponsors Student-Led Cybersecurity Project

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MAPLE GROVE, Minn., June 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Twin Cities-based TopLine Federal Credit Union Cooperative has partnered with a group of Wayzata High School students to research cybersecurity and create tools to improve it.

Students are part of Wayzata High School’s Compass Program, an experiential professional career study program for highly motivated juniors and seniors. Courses are designed and taught in collaboration with business leaders from our community and faculty from North Hennepin and Normandale Community Colleges. In the spring, a team of four students interested in technical careers partnered with TopLine and designed a project around cybersecurity, employee security awareness, and specifically ransomware. They created two tools; an in-person presentation with the target audience of senior leaders and a recorded presentation for employee training.

“We are passionate about helping young adults experience life after high school by providing an internship opportunity to work on a project that is directly related to their career area of ​​interest and future educational goals,” said said Vicki Erickson, senior vice president of marketing and communications at Federal Credit Union TopLine. “We are honored to have the opportunity to partner with Wayzata Compass Technology and Cybersecurity Group for the first time, as we have partnered with their Business and Economic Group for the past three years. This group of highly engaged students worked hard over a 7 week period to research and present ideas on how to educate others on the importance of cybersecurity.

“Part of the Wayzata High School Compass program is rooted in partnerships formed with local businesses to create authentic projects and add relevance to the learning that takes place in the classroom,” says Wayzata Schools Compass Coordinator Scott Tordeur. . “Our partnership with TopLine Federal Credit Union has provided students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience with those who work directly in technology. We appreciate this opportunity to partner with TopLine and look forward to working with them again in the future.

Compass students practice employability skills such as workplace communication and emotional intelligence while exploring career paths and working side-by-side with professionals in the workplace. Through partnerships with North Hennepin and Normandale Community Colleges, students who successfully complete Compass courses earn college credits. The Compass program draws its inspiration from the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), a proven model of partnership between business, community and public education. Students are completely immersed in a professional culture, solve real-world problems, use industry-standard tools, and are mentored by real employers, all while receiving high school and college credits. Today, dozens of school districts across the United States, including Wayzata, are members of the CAPS network. To learn more about Wayzata High School’s Compass program, visit

TopLine Federal Credit Union, a Twin Cities-based credit union, is the 13th largest in Minnesota, with assets of more than $678 million and serves nearly 46,500 members. Founded in 1935, the non-profit cooperative offers a full range of financial services, as well as auto and home insurance, from its five branches – in Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Plymouth and St. Paul’s Como Park. — as well as by phone, mobile app and online at Membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school, or volunteers in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, or Washington counties and their immediate family members. Visit us on our Facebook page at or Instagram at To learn more about the credit union foundation, visit

CONTACT:Vicki Roscoe EricksonSenior Vice President, Marketing and CommunicationsTopLine Federal Credit Union[email protected]763.391.0872

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TopLine Federal Credit Union Sponsors Student-Led Cybersecurity Project

TopLine Federal Credit Union Sponsors Student-Led Cybersecurity Project

Source: Federal Credit Union TopLine

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