MADISON, Wis. (2/4/14)--A record 47 credit union professionals earned certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) last week after being guided by eight program facilitators and mentors through Credit Union Development Education (DE) training from the National Credit Union Foundation.
Graduates of the National Credit Union Foundation's Winter 2014 Credit Union Director Education training display the flags of Kenya and Malawi at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., to honor their credit union colleagues who attended the training from both countries. (Photo provided by National Credit Union Foundation)
The Jan. 22-29 training was conducted on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, N.C.
"DE training was hands-down the most educational, inspirational, and emotional training or conference I've ever been fortunate enough to be a part of," said Michael Waylett, president, $44 million Vision Financial FCU, Durham, N.C. "I learned of the principles on which credit unions were founded and how these principles should remain at the heart of every decision that we make today. It is not possible to attend this training and not, as a human being, be changed significantly."
DE training provides lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. Participants were involved in group exercises, field trips and discussions with speakers from the credit union system. They completed team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations.
Registration is still open for the next two 2014 DE trainings, which will be held April 23-30 and Sept. 10-17 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. Use the links for more information or to register.
For a list of the 47 DE graduates, use the link.