Few Spots Remain for Credit Union Development Education Classes in 2014

Only about 10 spots remain for the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education (DE) classes in April, and openings for a second six-day session in September are filling up quickly, too.

The classes, which are scheduled for April 23-30 and Sept. 10-17, will be held at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. Registration and more information can be found on the NCUF website by clicking on the “Register for DE Training” button.

“When you’re in the midst of your daily grind, you don’t realize what CULAC does, or exactly how CUNA supports both large and small credit unions and what that really means to you as a credit union employee,” says BECU’s Amy Ridley, who graduated from the program in 2013. “But through Development Educator training, I was able to connect the dots and familiarize myself with organizations that support the credit union industry. And that made me feel even more engaged in the credit union movement.”

Peninsula Credit Union’s Kimberly Ingham, also a 2013 DE graduate, says the training helped her look at workplace situations with fresh eyes and to be “even more aware of the issues faced by our members. It always comes back to serving our members, and CUDE solidified that for me.”

Hear about the DE experience from 2013 graduates in this video.

At the six-day, total-immersion DE sessions, attendees learn about credit unions’ social responsibility efforts and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking. They participate in group exercises, go on field trips and hold intense discussions with speakers from around the credit union system. They also complete team projects during the week, and then apply what they’ve learned through individual projects back home.

The $2,249 registration fee includes seven nights of single-room lodging, as well as all training materials and meals. Scholarship information is included on the registration page, including links to the Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s scholarship and grant program and scholarships offered through the national foundation.

NCUF recently released a video that answers the question, “What is Credit Union Development Education Training?” The short video, filled with testimonials from recent DE graduates, is available here.

 Questions? Contact Gary M. Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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