(Editor's note: the following information provided by the National Credit Union Foundation.)
Forty-two credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) last week 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 September 4-11, 2013 training was held at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.
Of the 42 graduates of the program, three are from North Carolina. The NC CUDEs include:
- Mark Coburn, State Employees' CU
- Geoff Finken, North Carolina CU League
- Lilnette Philipps, State Employees' CU
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 strive 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 instance, 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 ‘Don’t Tax My CU’ campaign, building an Islamic banking center, developing a credit union awareness campaign, and to compensate or not compensate credit union board of directors.”
“We’ve been entrusted with the future of a movement that is vitally important, and we need to make sure that the cooperative principles inform our decisions and guide our organizations so we may affect positive change in our communities,” said Finken, who is Project Manager at the League. “DE is about bringing into focus the cooperative principles from the credit union movement’s past to help us meet the challenges of the present and equip and energize the credit union leaders of the future.”
Upcoming 2014 DE Trainings
There are three DE trainings scheduled for 2014, with the first taking place January 22-29, 2014 at the Rizzo Conference Center, which is by the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, N.C. The next two trainings will be held April 23-30, 2014 and September 10-17, 2014 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. Registration recently opened for all three trainings and can be found on the NCUF website by clicking the “Register for DE Training” button on the homepage or anywhere on the website under “Foundation Programs>Development Education>Register for 2014 DE Trainings” at the top of every page.