MADISON, Wis. (3/3/08)--Credit union staff and volunteers can now apply for scholarships from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to attend Credit Union Development Education (DE) training. “We recognize that the economy is tough, so we want to make sure that we do everything we can to make it easy as possible for credit unions to send representatives to DE Training,” said NCUF Executive Director Steve Delfin. “Despite the challenging times, it is important not to lose the momentum the DE Program has gained. Training on cooperative principles and credit union values is now more important than ever.” Training sessions are scheduled April 3-9 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The scholarships are available through NCUF’s DE Fund for credit unions that could not otherwise afford the registration fee of $1,600 (double room) or $1,700 (single room). The registration fee includes all training materials, meals and lodging. Credit unions interested in a scholarship can use the link. The deadline to apply is March 17. DE training is open to everyone, from new employees who need a credit union orientation, to seasoned executives who need to recharge. The six-day class focuses on cooperative principles, social impact and credit union uniqueness as a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace. According to Program Director Tom Decker, DE graduates:
* Acquire skills in public presentations, credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, and technical assistance; * Earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs), a networking group including 434 active volunteers from the credit union movement across the U.S. and 10 other countries, and; * Return to their jobs with a new understanding that local issues may indeed be global, knowing that credit unions have the unique ability to improve the lives of people everywhere by working cooperatively.
NCUF is the primary sponsor of the DE program. Support is provided by the World Council of Credit Unions, the Credit Union National Association, CUNA Mutual Group, state credit union leagues and foundations. Questions can be directed to Decker at 800-356-9655, ext. 4374 or firstname.lastname@example.org