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Forty Certified As CU Development Educators
MADISON, Wis. (5/14/13)--Forty 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.

Click to view larger image The 40 graduates of the Spring 2013 Development Educator Training stand outside of the World Credit Union Center Campus in Madison, Wis. (Photo provided by The National Credit Union Foundation)
The May 1-8 training was conducted on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.

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 issue discussions with speakers from in the credit union system, and were required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations.

"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."

For a list of the 40 DE graduates, use the link.

The next DE Training will be held at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis., Sept. 4-11. Registration still is open. For more information, use the link.
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