The spots for the remaining two Credit Union Development Education (DE) training classes in 2014 are shrinking, with only about 10 spots left for the April program. 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.
“DE Training was a transformational experience for me,” said Shannon Bradley, recent CUDE and VP of Member Experience at Pioneer West Virginia FCU in Charleston, W.Va. “It gave me the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best and brightest in the cooperative space and took my mind to places I didn’t think possible. DE has reinvigorated me to share my passion and keep the flame alive for credit unions and cooperatives alike.”
The trainings will be held April 23-30, 2014 and September 10-17, 2014 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. Registration and more information can 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 2014 DE Trainings” at the top of every page.
The registration fee includes seven nights of single-room lodging, as well as all training materials and meals. Scholarship information is included on the registration page as many state credit union foundations and leagues offer scholarships to DE Training in addition to the national DE Scholarship offered.
Due to popular demand, this is the first time three DE Trainings are held in a single year. The most recent DE Training was held on January 22-29, 2014 at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.
NCUF also recently released a video on YouTube that answers the question “What is Credit Union Development Education Training?” The short video is comprised of testimonials from recent DE Training graduates. The video is available on NCUF’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/ncuf. The direct video link is http://youtu.be/4l8IF8iNetU.
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 1,100 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 new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.
“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, recent CUDE and President of Vision Financial FCU in 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."
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 1,100 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.