Space Available at Development Education Summer Session August 14 – 20

Summer School was never quite like this!

Pictured Joshua Kurtz, CUDE Class of 2007.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (7/11/08)–Imagine yourself on a rustic, pastoral island off the coast of Seattle, Washington, surrounded by credit union professionals, participating in a development training program that will invigorate your credit union career. Joshua Kurtz, CFO of Millstream Area Credit Union attended just such a program last year and he is now an enthusiastic graduate of the Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training sponsored by the National Credit Union Foundation.

“Every day as I listened to the different speakers and we acted out different scenarios, it became clearer to me exactly what my purpose and responsibility in life was,” wrote Kurtz. “I now can say with confidence that it is helping people less fortunate make their live better – whether it’s community service, donating money, or simply sitting down with a member to show them how to balance their checkbook. I now know that I am committed to serving people.”

The DE program helps individuals connect with their goals while providing a connection with the broader cooperative community. Throughout the interactive, six-day training being held August 14 – 20 at IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, Washington, students study about national and international credit union systems and cooperatives. Their training focuses on cooperative principles, social impact, and credit union uniqueness as a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace, through lectures, debates, role-playing, and real-life experience.

DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. Registrations will be accepted through August 4, unless the class fills up prior to that date. The registration fee of $1,600 (double room), includes six nights of lodging, as well as all training materials and meals.

Credit unions with questions about Development Education or would like brochures on the program are invited to contact Program Director Tom Decker at (800) 356-9655, ext. 4374; or e-mail

The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is the primary sponsor of the DE program. Support is provided by the World Council of Credit Unions, the Credit Union National Association, CUNA Mutual Group, state credit union leagues and foundations.