Franklin First Launches Free College Planning Site

July 19, 2017 – Greenfield


Franklin First Federal Credit Union (FFFCU) has announced a partnership with Invite Education to offer a free comprehensive, life-cycle college planning website. FFFCU’s College Planning Center, powered by Invite Education, is available to anyone, FFFCU members or non-members, who would like better information, tools, and services to more effectively plan and pay for college. FFFCU is the first Credit Union to partner with Invite Education.

“Planning and paying for higher education can be a daunting task for families. Our hope in partnering with Invite Education is to make this process less stressful by helping families answer critical questions such as ‘How do I save for my children’s education?’ ‘Can my child get in to their dream school?’ and ‘Can we afford it?’” said Franklin First CEO/President Michelle Dwyer. “We look forward to helping all families in the community make the college planning process more positive and rewarding with our new College Planning Center.”

Jeff Bentley, Director of Strategic Partnerships for Invite Education added: “Invite Education is thrilled to have a strategic partner such as Franklin First, which is a visionary thought leader in offering a College Planning Center to clarify the college process for its members.”

The FFFCU/Invite Education College Planning Center is a robust platform with an intuitive design that empowers families to manage the entire college planning process from birth through high school. The website offers:

  • Age-appropriate guidance to empower families with detailed information on preparing, financing, and successfully applying to college

  • Easy-to-understand explanations to help parents evaluate options: savings, scholarships, financial aid, and loans

  • Comprehensive calculators and college and scholarship search engines

  • Resource Center with college planning resources and FFFCU endorsed products/services

  • Calendar that integrates relevant testing dates, college and scholarship deadlines, and family specific events

Those interested can access the FFFCU College Planning Center at For more information, call Franklin First Federal Credit Union at (413) 774-6700.

About Invite Education
Founded in 2012, Invite Education demystifies the process of planning and paying for college by providing a comprehensive suite of information, tools and services for families. Offering an online custom College Planning Center, a weekly podcast called My College Corner, a blog and a book, they partner with organizations to provide this valuable information to their employees, members and customers.



Franklin First Awards $5,000 in Scholarship

June 15, 2017 – Greenfield


Franklin First Federal Credit Union has announced the winners of their 2017 Scholarships. The $5,000 in scholarship awards were made to six local students.

This year’s $1000 Ari Brown-Weeks Scholarship was given to this year’s top scholarship candidate, Matthew Walsh. The scholarship is named in honor of Specialist Ari Brown-Weeks, a paratrooper in the United States Army, who died in Iraq in 2007. Brown-Weeks was from Franklin County and the scholarship was established in 2007.

$1,000 scholarship winners
• Matthew Walsh (The Ari Brown-Weeks Scholarship winner)
• Celia Speth
• Molley Duclos
• Mckenna Wells

$500.00 Scholarship Winners
• Jillian Connelly
• Alejo Zacarias

Franklin First CEO/President, Michelle Dwyer said, “Once again Franklin First is pleased to recognize the accomplishments of our scholarship recipients to help them pursue their academic goals in higher education. Additionally, we are proud to continue to honor the memory of Specialist Ari Brown-Weeks with the scholarship bearing his name. Franklin First offers congratulations to all the recipients.”

The $1,000 scholarships are given to students attending 4-year college programs, and the $500 awards are given to those going to 2-year colleges. Scholarships are awarded based on grades, extracurricular activities, community service, and a written essay.


Franklin First Awards $1,000 Video Contest Prize to Mohawk Trail Regional School

March 6, 2017 – Greenfield


Franklin First Federal Credit Union has awarded Mohawk Trail Regional School (MTRS) $1,000 for its participation in a “What Are Credit Unions?” video contest. The students were asked to create a 30-second video for Franklin First promoting the credit union, what credit unions are, and how they help the community. Franklin First presented the prize to the Video Club at the school’s bi-weekly assembly on February 27.

“We were very impressed by the talent exhibited in the MTRS students’ video,” said Franklin First President/CEO Michelle Dwyer. “The participants displayed their technical abilities and in the process learned important lessons about the role of credit unions in the community. Franklin First is happy to sponsor this fun and educational experience. We congratulate the students and their advisor.”

The contest was held over the fall and winter with local schools invited to participate. The video had to be created, produced and edited solely by the students. In addition to the $1,000 prize awarded to MTRS, participating students were awarded gift cards.

The students, part of the Video Club, and led by their advisor Otis Wheeler, are:
- Jordyn Corliss
- Julia Hager
- Peyton Hayward
- Triston LaCross
- Josh Messenger
- Vera Reagan


From left to right: Tristan LaCross, Joshua Messenger, Peyton Hayward, Otis Wheeler, Jordyn Corliss, Vera Reagan, and Julia Hager.


To take a look at the video please click HERE.



Franklin First Names Dwyer New CEO/President

June 29, 2016 – Greenfield


Franklin First Federal Credit Union has announced the appointment of Michelle Dwyer as the Credit Union’s CEO/President effective July 1st. Dwyer, who has been with the Credit Union since 2007, replaces retiring CEO/President Martha Richardson who leaves Franklin First after 32 years of service.

Richardson said, “I am retiring with confidence knowing our team will be led by an energetic, very capable new CEO. I know Michelle will continue the Credit Union’s mission of serving our membership with friendliness and respect.”

Franklin First Board of Directors Chair Karen Herzog said, “We thank Martha for her many years of dedicated service to the Credit Union and welcome Michelle to her new role. We are delighted to have someone with Michelle’s insights and knowledge of Franklin First and its members. We look forward to her leading the Franklin First team to continued growth and many years of service to our loyal members.”

Dwyer was raised in Greenfield, graduated from Greenfield High School in 2000, and then earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Greenfield Community College. She began at Franklin First in March, 2007 as a teller, was promoted to lead teller, and then to accounting specialist in March, 2013. Dwyer received a Credit Union Rising Star award in 2012 and earned a designation as a Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) from Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and the University of Wisconsin School of Business in 2013. She received a designation as a Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) from CUNA in 2014.

Dwyer’s community service activities include serving as Relay For Life team captain for Franklin First from 2012-2014, and as a volunteer at Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter in Turners Falls since 2013. She has also served on the Friends of the Franklin County Regional Dog Shelter board of directors for the last two years.

A resident of Greenfield, in her free time she enjoys running and hiking with her dogs.



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NCUA Launches Fraud Prevention Center

Consumers now have a new information resource to help learn about and protect themselves against fraud with the launch of the National Credit Union Administration’s new Fraud Prevention Center.

Click HERE for information!