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Your future, our history

In 1938, a small group of dedicated and concerned teachers met for the purpose of forming a financial cooperative for school employees and their families. From these very humble beginnings, Valley Strong Credit Union was founded and formed.

The first Valley Strong “office” was actually a small room located in the library of a local high school. A single volunteer conducted all the operations, with transaction receipts kept in a shoe box. By the end of our first year, Valley Strong had 141 individuals banking with us and approximately $1,300 in assets.

Simply stated, a lot has changed over the last three-quarters of a century. However, our commitment to serving the San Joaquin Valley remains the same. That’s why more than 150,000 individuals representing more than $2.2 billion in assets choose to bank with us.

Our mission is to turn people’s financial possibilities into financial realities. We work every day to create a better tomorrow for our children and families. We are here to stay and grow together. And, here to discover the best financial possibilities for the best possible outcomes.

From extensive loan programs, including home and auto, to the latest in digital technology, retirement and wealth management services, and business banking, Valley Strong is your lifelong financial partner.

So no matter what your financial possibilities may be, we are here to serve you.

Valley Strong Credit Union – Grow Your Possibilities

Credit Union Timeline


Credit Union established at Bakersfield High School


Granted federal charter as Kern County School Employees Federal Credit Union


First branch opened on Oak Street


Shortened name to Kern Schools Federal Credit Union


Ming branch opened


Mt. Vernon branch opened


Town and Country branch opened


Delano express branch opened


Online banking launched


Panama branch opened


Tehachapi express branch opened


Rosedale branch opened (moved to Artisan Square in 2017)


DataMobile banking app launched


Buena Vista branch opened


Moved to new Corporate Office at 11500 Bolthouse Drive


Celebrated 75th anniversary


Kern Schools Federal Credit Union changed to Valley Strong and now serves the whole San Joaquin Valley.