Registration Opens for Credit Union Development Education

Register for Development Education training class
Registration is open through March 17 for the first of two Credit Union Development Education (DE) training classes of 2008:

April 3-9 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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.

The interactive six-day class focuses on cooperative principles, social impact, and credit union uniqueness as a competitive advantage.

Graduates have cited many personal benefits as well:
  • Graduates acquire skills in public presentations, credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, and technical assistance.
  • Graduates earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). They become part of a networking group including 434 active volunteers from the credit union movement across America and 10 other countries.
  • Graduates return to their jobs with new understanding that local issues may indeed be global, and that credit unions have the ability to improve the lives of people everywhere by working cooperatively.
CUDEs Gigi Hyland, Dick Ensweiler, Mary Cunningham, Larry Blanchard“The DE Program is very worthwhile to become involved in, regardless of how long you’ve been in the credit union movement,” says NCUF Immediate Past Chairman Mary Cunningham, president/CEO of USA Federal Credit Union in San Diego and a graduate of the DE Class of 1997. “Even after many years of loving credit unions, I was forced to step outside of my comfort zone and explore a whole new world of cooperatives. Through doing so, I’m re-committed to be sure I never compromise the credit union ideals in my organization.”
After graduation, many CUDEs take on projects in the name of credit union development. Whether making public presentations or writing articles on credit union uniqueness, designing new outreach programs, or providing technical assistance to credit unions in need, CUDEs provide a necessary service on behalf of the movement.

The DE training fee of $1,600 (double room) or $1,700 (single room) includes six nights of lodging, as well as all training materials and meals.

Credit union and cooperative leaders with questions about Development Education are invited to call Program Director Tom Decker at (800) 356-9655, ext. 4374, or e-mail or

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.

Lofty Mission, Proud History

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.”

Over the past 26 years, nearly 800 credit union advocates 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.

CUDEs represent a cross section of the cooperative sector, including 434 active volunteers from the credit union movement in the U.S., Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Scotland, and the West Indies.
Everything you want to know about Development Education!