Maps’ Nowacki Earns ‘International’ DE Designation

Jill Nowacki, vice president of development for Maps Credit Union in Salem, Ore., was one of 15 credit unionists to earn an International Credit Union Development Educator (I-CUDE) designation during this year’s annual World Credit Union Conference in Gda?sk, Poland, in July. Nowacki was one of six American Credit Union Development Educators (DE) to complete the 2012 program.

Primarily sponsored by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) with additional support coming from CUNA Mutual Group, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU), and state foundations and leagues, Credit Union Development Educators’ mission is to promote the industry’s social responsibility and domestic and international development.

A goal of the DE program is to bring renewed relevance to the credit unions philosophy and seven cooperative principles. The DE program has been growing in the Pacific Northwest for years, as dozens of credit union insiders and outsiders alike have completed the intense certification process.

But earning the “international” designation is a different animal unto itself. In addition to completing the local DE program, candidates must then take on an independent-study project appropriate to their learning objectives, as well as participate in an international program, conference or training opportunity. Finally, the DE seeking the enhanced designation must attend the WOCCU International Conference or a Regional Confederation Conference.

Over the past 30 years, more than 1,000 credit union advocates from more than 30 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators. This year’s class includes people from the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Canada and the United States.

With their new I-CUDE designation, all are expected to 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 around the world.

DE training is open to everyone, from new employees who need orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge. The NCUF has resources available on its website for those interested in learning more about the DE program, including learning map programs, DE networking tools, project highlights, and upcoming trainings and events.

 

Questions or Concerns? Contact Matt Halvorson, Anthem Editor: mhalvorson@nwcua.org.

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