Spots Still Open for Fall DE Training; NWCUF Accepting Scholarship Applications

For credit union professionals wanting to put their passion for the movement into action, there may be no better path than Credit Union Development Educator (DE) training. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation may be able to help pay for the experience.

The next opportunity for DE training is September 10-17, when the National Credit Union Foundation offers the program on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. In the six-day total immersion experience often described by graduates as “transforming” and “life-changing,” candidates learn about credit unions’ social responsibilities and the movement’s domestic and international impact. Interactive education and networking are key components.

How to Apply:

A few spots remain open, according to Christopher Morris, the NCUF’s director of communications. “You won’t want to miss it as DE training is one of the most transformative and unique credit union training events offered,” says Morris. Online registration is open.

The registration fee includes seven nights of single-room lodging, all training materials and meals. A national DE Scholarship is available, and the Northwest Credit Union Foundation also offers a designated DE scholarship. Application for the NWCUF scholarship can made online through June 11 according to Executive Director Kim Vu.

Who Should Apply?

Morris says 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:

  • 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 1,100 graduates across America and over 30 other countries;
  • CUDEs realize that local issues are indeed global — and that global issues are local; and
  • CUDEs understand that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively.

According the NCUF, DE grads return to their jobs more effectively promoting cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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