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42 CU professionals certified as CUDEs
MADISON, Wis. (4/18/11)--Forty-two credit union professionals earned their Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) designation after a week of intensive training at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.
Click to view larger image Forty-two credit union professionals were led by eight facilitators and mentors through Credit Union Development Education (CUDE) training April 6-13 in Madison, Wis. Pictured are the graduates of 2011 DE Training outside the World Credit Union Center in Madison. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
During the program they were guided by eight facilitators and mentors and participated in group exercises, were encouraged to ask questions of visiting speakers, and completed team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations. The mission of the CUDE program is to promote credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is the primary sponsor of the Development Educator (DE) program. Support is provided by CUNA Mutual Group, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the World Council of Credit Unions, state foundations and leagues. “We refresh the studies every year, incorporating challenges credit unions face today while continuing to provide critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy,” said Lois Kitsch, DE facilitator and national program director for NCUF. “It is timeliness that we strive for in the entire DE training experience as participants work through critical issues that include interchange legislation, mergers and small credit unions, growth plan, financial capability plans, 2012 as the ‘Year of the Cooperative,’ and credit union development in Iraq.” “The DE experience has reignited my passion for working in the credit union movement,” said Meghann Dawson, class attendee and instructional design manager at CUNA. “It has provided a solid foundation with cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and global development issues. I believe that having the knowledge provided by DE combined with the network of other CUDEs, I will now be able to play a more purposeful role in the current and future success of the industry.” For a list of the CUDE graduates use the link.
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