MADISON, Wis. (8/10/11)--Registration is open for the Spring 2012 Credit Union Development Education (DE) training class taking place April 18-25 in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development, through interactive education and professional networking. “Sometimes the experiences we have from listening to others, and sharing our ideas, are so powerful that they inspire you to do more,” said Patrick Livingston, director of strategic projects at Coastal FCU, Raleigh, N.C., after attending DE training in April. “DE training also helps you develop your own sense of understanding of credit union philosophy, and further shapes your desire to learn and grow.” Inspired after the training, Livingston co-founded a group for local credit union staff to network informally and learn more about credit union values. “CU Aware” meets monthly and continues to grow in attendees and content. The group was started with fellow DE training graduate Brandon McAdams, who also works at Coastal FCU. DE training is open to everyone, from new employees who need a credit union orientation, to seasoned executives who need to recharge. Participants will:
* Acquire skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, technical assistance, team building and public presentations. * Earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). They join a networking group that includes more than 1,000 graduates from the U.S. and more than 30 other countries. * Realize that local issues are global--and that global issues are local. * Understand that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively.
CUDEs return to their jobs with a new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace. “Since the DE training earlier this year, we have had more than 60 credit union people express interest in attending the next training,” said Lois Kitsch, National Credit Union Foundation’s national program director. “Registration is limited to 42 attendees.” For more information, use the links.