MADISON, Wis. (5/2/11)--World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), in partnership with six Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE) programs, will recognize the third class of International DE (I-CUDE) designees at WOCCU’s 2011 World Credit Union Conference, July 24-27 in Glasgow, Scotland. David Marquez, general manager of COPOS Credit Union Co-operative Society, Port of Spain, Trinidad, intends to be one of the first Caribbean candidates to receive the certification. Marquez, who in 2007 earned his CUDE designation from the U.S. program, was one of the first to enroll in the Caribbean’s new CaribeDE program this past year. He’s attended WOCCU conferences in Dublin and Calgary. His work on his country’s WOCCU partnership with the Credit Union League of Connecticut as his independent study project, has completed the basic I-CUDE requirements. International candidates must complete four steps to achieve an international DE designation:
* Build a solid foundation by completing their local DE programs; * Complete an independent studies project approved by the International DE Council; * Participate in a WOCCU Engagement Tour Program, another country’s DE program or an equivalent international program approved by the International DE Council; and * Attend WOCCU’s World Credit Union Conference.
“Philosophy is good business,” said Pete Crear, WOCCU president/ CEO. “Each of these six DE programs has expanded the reach of our business and fostered credit union growth through cooperative philosophy. We hope to multiply that impact by facilitating the programs working together at an international level.” The six national groups represented at Glasgow will establish I-CUDE guidelines and growth strategies, include DE programs in Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Philippines and the U.S. Persons holding local DE certification interested in applying for international certification can contact:
* Asia--Ranjith Hettiarachchi, CEO, Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions, Thailand; * Australia--Peter Mason, Credit Union Foundation Australia; * The Caribbean--Melvin Edwards, past WOCCU chair, West Indies; * Europe--WOCCU Director Marlene Shiels, chief executive, Capital CU Ltd., Scotland; * The Philippines--Audie Joseph “Dudz” Samson, CEO, Visayas Cooperative Development Center, Philippines; and * The U.S.--Christopher Morris or Lois Kitsch, National CU Foundation.