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42 new CU development educators trained
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (9/7/10)--Forty-two credit union professionals were guided by eight program facilitators and mentors through a week-long Credit Union Development Education (DE) training session on Bainbridge Island, Wash. Bob Schumacher, credit union development educator (CUDE) and president/CEO, Mountain Crest CU, Arlington, Wash., gave the keynote address. As one of the ambassadors of the DE program, Schumacher told of his journey to becoming a DE and challenged the group to get involved and stay involved.
Click to view larger image Forty-two credit union professionals became the latest credit unions development educators (CUDE) at a week-long Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training held on Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
“As new DEs it is completely up to each of you to make a difference,” Schumacher said. “You have the tools, you have the resources and you have the passion. You just need to put it all together and get it done.” “Credit union philosophy, development issues, collaboration, differentiation, credit union cooperation … these are concepts I now understand on a world-wide level as a result of my DE Training,” said Josh Allison of Horizon CU, Spokane Valley, Wash. “I understood the difference credit unions made here in the U.S., but I now understand how valuable our movement is on an international platform as well.” Participants were involved in group exercises, encouraged to ask questions of visiting lecturers and completed team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations. “We continue to update our program case studies and group activities each year to address relevant challenges faced by credit unions today,” said Lois Kitsch, DE training facilitator and national program director of REAL Solutions, a program of the National Credit Union Foundation. “We then demonstrate ways to capitalize on the opportunities created in overcoming these challenges to benefit our members.” The summer 2010 graduating class included credit union movement representatives from 17 states across the U.S., two from the Philippines and one from Zimbabwe participating through the African DE Scholars Program. (To see the class list, use the link.) The next scheduled DE training class will take place April 6-13, in Madison, Wis. DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. Scholarships are available through NCUF’s DE Fund and through several state credit union foundations and leagues. For more information, use the link.
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