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22 become CU development educators
MADISON, Wis. (6/4/10)--Twenty-two credit union professionals have graduated from the Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training program held at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. The program is sponsored by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), the World Council of Credit Unions, the Credit Union National Association, and CUNA Mutual Group.
Click to view larger image Twenty-two credit union professionals, shown with group facilitators, graduated from Development Education Training on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus after undergoing a week-long program in which participants completed group exercises and other credit union-related activities. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
During the week-long program, participants completed team projects that proposed solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. “We have new case studies this year, incorporating challenges credit unions face today while continuing to provide critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy,” said DE Training Facilitator Tom Decker, NCUF director of social impact management. DE training strives for timeliness “as participants work through critical issues that include expanding services to the underbanked, shifting of member demographics, national branding and succession planning,” he said. Thong Yang, loan officer, Marathon County Employees CU in Wausau, Wis., commented on his DE experience. “This event has had a huge emotional effect on me,” said Yang. “It not only taught me how I can improve my work life, but also how I can impact my community and the world.” The second of this year’s scheduled DE training classes will take place Aug. 11-18 at IslandWood located on Bainbridge Island in Washington. IslandWood is designed to use the environment as a classroom. DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. Participants receive:
* Skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, technical assistance, team building and public presentations; * Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) certification--more than 900 from America and 11 other countries have graduated from the training; * Realization that credit union issues are global--and that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively; and * Understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.
Scholarships to attend the program are available through NCUF’s DE Fund and several state credit union foundations and leagues. “We realize that the economy is tough, so we are doing everything we can to make it easy as possible for credit unions to send representatives to DE training,” Decker said. For a list of graduates, use the link.
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