FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (7/25/08)--Forty Texas credit union professionals have graduated from the Southwest CUNA Management School (SCMS), a three-year course of study recognized in the credit union movement for innovative, intense, hands-on professional development, the Texas Credit Union League (TCUL) announced. Included in the graduating class was Guillermo Aguilar, project manager with the Caja Popular Mexicana (CPM)--the largest credit union in Mexico, based in Leon, Guanajuato (LoneStar Leaguer
July 24). TCUL, along with the California Credit Union League, signed a “people to people” agreement with CPM in 2002 through the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) partnership program. When Aguilar was a first-year SCMS student, he was a WOCCU project manager working with CPM. Last year, he became an employee of CPM, focusing on the implementation of ATMs and debit cards. Aguilar attended SCMS through a scholarship from the Texas Credit Union Foundation, and he is the first CPM employee to successfully complete the program. “SCMS is a superb program,” Aguilar said. “It’s given me exposure to credit unions on this side of the border, including trends, practices, challenges and opportunities. Interestingly, I have found that there are, in fact, more similarities than differences between the credit unions in Mexico and in the U.S. “We are all part of the credit union movement, thereby bounded by our mission, and we share in the desire to provide all consumers with access to affordable financial services,” he added. At the graduation ceremony, Christopher Graham, East Texas Professional CU, Longview, and Susan Tisdale, Texas Partners FCU, Killeen, received the Award of Excellence. Honors graduates were:
* Christine Marie Coulon, Texans CU, Richardson; * Carrie M. Martin, Border CU, Del Rio; * Scott Slattery, TDECU, Lake Jackson; and * Loretta Williams, TDECU.