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42 CU pros become CUDEs
MADISON, Wis. (9/19/12)--The Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training program graduated 42 credit union professionals with the designation as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) last week.

The training was held on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.

Graduates of the Fall 2012 Credit Union Development Educators Training stand outside of the World Credit Union Center Campus in Madison, Wis. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)

Incorporating challenges that credit unions face today, DE Training provides lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy. Participants in this month's week-long program were involved in group exercises, field trips, and discussions with speakers from throughout the credit union system. Participants are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.

"During the entire DE training experience, we work to ensure applicability of the credit union philosophy and relevance to current events," said Lois Kitsch, DE mentor and national program director for the National Credit Union Foundation.

"For example, for the final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included social media and virtual banking, mergers and small credit unions, payday lending, small-credit union growth, National Credit Union Administration's low-income designation, and credit union development in Great Britain," she added.

"I entered DE Training as the frustrated CEO of a small credit union, unsure how much more energy we had to fight," said Chris Blough, president/CEO of Wayne County Community FCU in Smithville, Ohio. "I left DE recharged and refocused on my mission to not only empower my own small credit union, but to work to strengthen the credit union system nationwide." 

Eight program facilitator and mentors guided the Fall 2012 graduating class, which included credit union movement representatives from across the U.S., the Caribbean, Scotland, and South Africa. The South Africa representative participated through the African DE Scholars Program. To read a list of the graduates, use the link.

The next DE Training will be held at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis., May 1-8. For more information, e-mail cude@ncuf.coop.
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