DELAVAN, Wis. (6/11/09)--Thirty more credit union professionals--new hires and veterans--are credit union advocates after graduating from Spring 2009 Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training in Delavan, Wis. During the week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, encouraged to ask questions of visiting lecturers and required to complete team projects, proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in a given area. The team projects required students to:
* Establish credit unions in the rebuilding of Iraq; * Decide whether to merge a small credit union with a large credit union; * Develop a plan to serve a low-income community; * Decide whether to convert a credit union to a mutual bank; and * Determine how credit unions can rebuild the community after the fallout of the sub-prime lending crisis.
The Spring 2009 graduating class of Credit Union Development Educators included 30 representatives from the U.S., Caribbean, Kenya, Philippines and United Kingdom. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
“Throughout 2009, DE training will incorporate emerging economic discussions while continuing to provide critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy,” said DE Training Facilitator Tom Decker. Decker is director of social impact management for National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). “We plan to show this year’s trainees how the member-centric business model will enable credit unions to weather the economic storm better than most for-profit institutions.” This year’s second scheduled DE training classes will take place Aug. 12-18 at IslandWood located on Bainbridge Island, Wash. IslandWood uses the environment as a classroom. DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. By attending DE training:
* Graduates acquire skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, technical assistance, team building and public presentations. * Graduates earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). They join a networking group including more than 800 graduates worldwide. * CUDEs realize that local issues are global and that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively. * CUDEs return to their jobs with an understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.
Scholarships are available through NCUF’s DE Fund and through several state credit union foundations and leagues. “We realize that the economy is tough, so we are doing everything we can to make it easy as possible for credit unions to send representatives to DE training,” Decker said. For more information and a list of the graduates, use the resource links. NCUF is the primary sponsor of the program. Support is provided by CUNA Mutual Group, the Credit Union National Association, the World Council of Credit Unions, state foundations and leagues.