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Ascend Federal Credit Union Wins Training Magazine APEX Award for 10th Consecutive Year

Ascend Federal Credit Union Wins Training Magazine APEX Award for 10th Consecutive Year

Franklin, TN – March 5, 2024 – Ascend Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee, has received Training magazine’s 2024 APEX Award. Ascend is the highest-ranking company headquartered in Tennessee and ranked 10th nationally. This is the tenth consecutive year that Ascend has been recognized with an APEX, the only awards program that ranks U.S. companies leading the country in harnessing human capital.

It is also the ninth consecutive year that Ascend has placed in the APEX Awards Top 40. The Training APEX Awards (formally the Top 100 list of ranked companies) celebrates companies that are making a difference in their employees’ lives through best-in-class training and development programs.

“We are honored to be named by APEX for the tenth straight year as one of the nation’s top companies for training excellence,” said Peggy Stubblefield, Ascend Chief Human Resources Officer. “We believe strongly in investing the time and resources needed to build an outstanding company culture and healthy work environment. I am proud of the efforts from all our teams at Ascend that contributed to earning this exceptional award recognition.”

Now in its 24th year, Training magazine’s annual APEX Awards recognize the top learning organizations across the country with the most successful employee-sponsored training and development programs. The ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including total training budget, percentage of payroll receiving training, scope of training programs provided, detailed formal and informal training programs, training linked to business/business unit goals, business outcomes resulting from training and Kirkpatrick Level 3 and 4 evaluation, a model for analyzing the results of training and educational programs.

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About Ascend Federal Credit Union

With more than 236,000 members and more than $4.1 billion in assets, Ascend Federal Credit Union is the largest credit union in Middle Tennessee and one of the largest federally chartered credit unions in the United States. Based in Tullahoma, Tenn., the member-owned financial institution offers banking, loan, retirement and investment services from its 27 branches, more than 55,000 free ATMs worldwide, online banking portal, and mobile app. The credit union’s mission is to serve by offering financial literacy education and giving back to its community in a variety of ways. Ascend is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration. For more information, visit