There are now only a few spots left for credit union professionals as registration winds down for the Fall 2013 Credit Union Development Education (DE) training class taking place September 4-11 in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking.
“Registration for the training is limited to just 42 attendees, so this is the last chance for a few credit union professionals who would like to attend training this year,” said Lois Kitsch, NCUF’s National Program Director. “You won’t want to miss it as DE Training is one of the most unique and transformative credit union training events offered.”
After attending the most recent training last month, Christopher Kemm, Vice President of Political Affairs at Mountain West Credit Union Association, said “DE training is such a fundamentally sound program to bring in to focus why we exist as a movement. I would recommend every decision maker and leader within our credit union movement to become a Development Educator. Let’s put co-op back into our movement, and mobilize to unite for good.” (Read more testimonials here)
Who Should Attend – And Why
DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. Participants cite many benefits of attending DE training:
- Graduates acquire skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, technical assistance, team building, and public presentations.
- Graduates earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). They join a networking group including over 1,000 graduates across America and over 30 other countries.
- CUDEs realize that local issues are indeed global – and that global issues are local.
- CUDEs understand that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively.
CUDEs return to their jobs with a new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.
Location & Registration– Room & Meals Included
The training will take place from September 4-11 at The Lowell Center, which is part of the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis. The registration fee includes seven nights of single-room lodging, as well as all training materials and meals.
“For those looking for help with funding, many state credit union foundations and leagues offer scholarships to DE Training in addition to the national DE Scholarship offered,” noted Kitsch.
DE Registration (includes links to scholarship information): http://www.ncuf.coop/home/programs/developmenteducation/Registration/Registration.aspx
Registration can also 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 September 2013 DE Training” at the top of every page.
Individuals interested in attending a DE training session in 2014 can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a list to be notified when more information on future trainings becomes available.
More about the DE Program:
The mission of the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program is to promote credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. By linking credit unions’ past and present, the DE program brings renewed relevance to credit unions’ seven cooperative principles and the philosophy of “People Helping People.”
Since 1982, more than 1,000 credit union advocates from over 30 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). Once they earn their CUDE designation, people return to their jobs with a sense of personal enrichment and renewed energy to share what they have learned. This growing corps of credit union advocates devotes professional and volunteer time to spreading the credit union message to audiences throughout the country.
The National Credit Union Foundation is the primary sponsor of the DE program. Support is provided by CUNA Mutual Group, the Credit Union National Association, the World Council of Credit Unions, state foundations and leagues.
For more information on the DE program, visit www.ncuf.coop under Foundation Programs.
About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement's primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker, working to help consumers achieve financial freedom through credit unions. Through NCUF grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.
NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Supporters led by the Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual Group. All NCUF donors provide support that empowers NCUF and state credit union foundations to make financial freedom achievable through credit unions.
The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. NCUF continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.