Registration Open for Fall 2013 DE Training

Registration is now open for the Fall 2013 Credit Union Development Education (DE) training taking place Sept. 4-11 in Madison, Wis.

Scholarships for the National Credit Union Foundation’s (NCUF) six-day total immersion experience, at which attendees learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking, are available now through the Northwest Credit Union Foundation (NWCUF).

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, including:

  • Acquiring skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem-solving, technical assistance, team-building and public presentations;
  • Earning certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs), joining a networking group of more than 1,000 graduates across America and more than 30 other countries;
  • A realization that local issues are indeed global—and that global issues, likewise, are local; and
  • An understanding 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 and Registration—Room and Meals Included

The training will be held at The Lowell Center, part of the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. 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, the NCUF’s national program director. “In fact, the spring 2013 DE training has already reached capacity and has been sold out since last October!”

DE Registration

Registration is available on the NCUF website by clicking the “Register for DE Training” button on the homepage or by going directly to the site’s dedicated registration 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.”

Since 1982, 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.


Questions? Contact Foundation Development Associate Josalyn Alston: 206.340.4814,

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