MADISON, Wis. (6/9/10)--Four state credit union foundations and leagues have created scholarships so employees from their member credit unions can participate in the World Council of Credit Unions’ (WOCCU) Spanish Immersion Program.
Amy Klassen, (middle) community outreach manager at Denver Community CU and a participant in the 2009 World Council of Credit Unions Spanish Immersion Program, is pictured with her host parents in Costa Rica. (Photo provided by the World Council of Credit Unions)
Participants in the program are fully immersed in Spanish language lessons and Hispanic culture, while also spending time working at local credit unions and exploring their marketing strategies. The program provides participants with insight to better serve Hispanic consumers at their home credit unions. This year’s program, which begins Oct. 2, is in San José, Costa Rica, where participants will receive four hours of Spanish-language instruction at a certified language school with an emphasis on business and financial terminology. Each participant is classified according to skill level, from beginner to native Spanish-speaker. Participants can apply what they learn from language classes in a real-world setting while living with a pre-screened Costa Rican host family. The host family will provide a private room and all meals to the participant, along with the experience of being a part of a Hispanic family. Participants can choose either a one- or two-week session priced at $1,800 and $2,600, respectively. Those who register before June 30 will receive a $100 early bird discount. State credit union foundations and leagues offering program scholarships are:
* The Texas Credit Union Foundation, which is offering three scholarships for 80% of the total registration fee for the program. Contact Courtney Nickles at email@example.com
or 800-953-8283 for more information. * The Credit Union Association of New York, which is offering two half scholarships for the one-week program for its members. Contact Allison Barna at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 800-342-9835 ext. 8134 for more. * The Arizona Credit Union Foundation, which is offering one full scholarship including airfare for the one- or two-week program. Contact Sandy Watts at email@example.com
or 602-264-6701 ext. 202 for information. * The League of Southeastern Credit Unions, which also offers scholarship opportunities. Contact Laura Vann at Laura.Vann@lscu.coop