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CUNA Volunteer Certification School grads honored

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MADISON, Wis. (1/5/12)--Forty-six credit union volunteers completed five days of lectures, overviews and testing to earn their Certified Credit Union Volunteer (CCUV) designation and the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Board Financial Literacy Certificate, CUNA announced Tuesday.

The CUNA Volunteer Certification School was created to provide credit union volunteers with practical education in all areas of credit union operations through live lectures, discussions and testing. The program creates a simplified approach to complex subjects and gets credit union volunteers up to speed on the information they need to know to serve their credit unions most effectively.

The CCUV designation symbolizes a thorough understanding of all areas and operations of the credit union. It can be earned by graduating from the CUNA Volunteer Certification School or completing the CUNA Volunteer Certification Program, a self-study education tool that features online learning modules.

In 2012, volunteers interested in obtaining their CCUV designation, can choose between the traditional classroom setting at the CUNA Volunteer Certification School, or a variety of self-study training options.

The 2012 CUNA Volunteer Certification School will be held Sept. 23-28 in Long Beach, Calif.

QR Lending acquired by Florida bank

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LAKE CITY, Fla. and MADISON, Wis. (1/5/12)--First Federal Bank of Florida, Lake City, Fla., has acquired Madison, Wis.-based QR Lending, a nationwide provider of residential mortgage services for credit unions and community banks.

Changes in the mortgage marketplace, including compliance and regulatory burdens brought on by the Dodd-Frank Act and new state licensing requirements, led QR Lending to seek an acquisition partner, said Tom Pisapia, QR Lending executive vice president.

QR Lending is now a division of First Federal Bank of Florida, and is led by the existing QR Lending executive team.

With assets of more than $950 million, First Federal Bank of Florida serves 50,000 customers from at branches and several lending centers in Florida.

CUNA Passageways release board portal case study

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MADISON, Wis. (1/5/12)--The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) has released a new case study exclusively available on the CUNA Volunteer Network.

The case study examines the use of Passageways online board portals by three credit unions worldwide. Passageways is an exclusive CUNA Strategic Services provider.

The case study demonstrates how online portals are revolutionizing the way credit unions communicate with their boards. Highlighting Michigan Schools and Government CU, Clinton Township, Mich.; Barbados Public Workers/Co-operative CU Limited, St. Michael, Barbados; and Johns Hopkins FCU, Baltimore, the case study illustrates how the board portals have benefitted each credit union and improved board relations.

Using board portals, credit union directors and volunteers secure online access to board packets and other materials quickly and panper-free. Portals also provide board members a forum for discussions, polling, sharing calendars and more, while reducing overall administrative time.

"This new study outlines the advancements online forums have made to the credit union movement as a whole," said Kevin Smith, CUNA director of volunteer education. "Advancements in online technology have made it easier for secure materials to be shared safely, immediately and effectively, guaranteeing that credit union volunteers have all the materials they need, when they need them."

The CUNA Volunteer Network keeps its members informed and connected to their credit union peers by providing exclusive access to current industry news and research, case studies, a list serv  of peers, board training courses, discounts on educational opportunities and more.