NCUF Scholarships Available for Credit Union Development Education

MADISON, Wis. (2/29/08) – Credit union staff and volunteers can now apply for scholarships from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to attend Credit Union Development Education (DE) training from April 3-9 at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

The scholarships are available through NCUF’s DE Fund for credit unions that could not otherwise afford the registration fee of $1,600 (double room) or $1,700 (single room). The registration fee includes all training materials and meals as well as lodging.

Credit unions interested in a scholarship are invited to e-mail kroosmalen@ncuf.coop or call Program Director Tom Decker at (800) 356-9655, ext. 4374. The registration deadline is March 17.

“We recognize that the economy is tough, so we want to make sure that we do everything we can to make it easy as possible for credit unions to send representatives to DE Training,” said NCUF Executive Director Steve Delfin. “Despite the challenging times, it is important not to lose the momentum the DE Program has gained. Training on cooperative principles and credit union values is now more important than ever.”

DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. The six-day class focuses on cooperative principles, social impact, and credit union uniqueness as a competitive advantage in today’s marketplace.

Decker outlined several personal benefits of attending DE training:
  • 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 unique ability to improve the lives of people everywhere by working cooperatively.

  • 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.

    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.”

    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 U.S. credit unions and leagues, and from Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Philippines, Scotland, and the West Indies.

    For more information on the DE program visit: www.ncuf.coop under Foundation Programs.

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