Registration is now open for the Spring 2013 Credit Union Development Education (DE) training class taking place May 1-8 in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking.
After attending the last training in September of 2012, Josh Smith, Advocacy Officer at SchoolsFirst FCU in Calif., said “The DE experience for me was all about being a part of something larger than myself. Over the course of my training, I had my eyes opened to the power of cooperation and the good that it can do. Whether it’s within my own credit union or as a part of the credit union movement itself, I now feel more empowered and prepared to make a difference.”
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 new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace. (Read testimonials here)
Location & Registration– Room & Meals Included
The training will take place from May 1-8 at The Lowell Center, part of the University of Wisconsin – Extension in Madison, Wis. and on the UW-Madison campus. The registration fee includes seven nights of single-room lodging, as well as all training materials and meals.
“Registration is limited to just 42 attendees, so the sooner individuals register for DE training the better,” said Lois Kitsch, National Program Director at the National Credit Union Foundation. Individuals with questions about the training can contact Kitsch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-616-2409.
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 May 2013 DE Training” at the top of every page.
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 30 years, 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.