Six credit union professionals from North Carolina became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by eight dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The May 1-8, 2013 training was held at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.
The six Tar Heel credit union staff include Sam Adams, Jama Dagenhart and Kim Stephenson (State Employees' CU); Megan Carpenter and Karen Knowlton (Champion CU); and Stacey Mills (Welcome FCU). In addition, Sue Douglas (SECU) and Sandy Glasson (Coastal FCU) served as a group mentors during the week-long event.
DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, issue discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.
“During DE training, we work to ensure the lessons in credit union philosophy are applicable and relevant to current events,” said Lois Kitsch, DE Facilitator and NCUF National Program Director. “For example, for the final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included credit union solutions to payday lending, a small credit union merger dilemma, the low-income designation, building an Islamic banking center, developing a credit union awareness campaign, and league consolidation.”
The six NC graduates will now participate in the NC CUDE Work Group. This group of nearly 50 credit union professionals in NC works collaboratively to educate credit union staff about the history and philosophy of credit unions. The NC CUDE Work Group created and hosts the annual Principles & Philosophy Conference, which is scheduled for October 22-24 in Winston-Salem.