Registration Open for 2015 Western CUNA Management School

Team, people, talent — however you refer to them, one of the key challenges to succeeding in the fiercely competitive and quickly evolving financial services industry is developing employees who are prepared for the future. For over 50 years, Western CUNA Management School (WCMS) has helped credit unions meet this challenge, and registration is now open for WCMS’s 2015 term, which takes place this July at Pomona College in California.

“Western CUNA Management School prepares today’s and tomorrow’s credit union people with the depth and breadth they need to contribute to their credit union’s success and their own personal career goals,” said Nancy Wood, WCMS director of school administration, “depth of knowledge to help them do their jobs better, breadth of background to make them more well-rounded and valuable members of management.”

Students attend the school for three two-week terms over three consecutive summers. As part of this immersive learning experience, students live in Pomona College dormitories and eat in its dining halls.

Wood said that the school is designed for managers and upper-level operational staff who have set credit union management as their career goal and understand the need to keep abreast of developments in the industry. “Western CUNA Management School helps credit union professionals prepare themselves to keep pace with a rapidly changing business environment,” she said.

Since WCMS draws students from 13 different states, students also build a strong professional network throughout the credit union movement. “Graduates who have developed their skills and knowledge at the school have moved into positions of responsibility and leadership at some of the nation’s leading credit unions,” said Wood. “Many of them also hold key positions in chapters, leagues, CUNA, and credit union professional societies.”

The first summer’s program focuses on strategic foundations and modern management practices and principles. Each class is designed to relate to the student’s own credit union. Subject areas include:

  • Strategic management for credit unions;
  • Organizational behavior;
  • Financial management;
  • Business law;
  • Corporate ethics and the law;
  • Credit union philosophy and the cooperative culture;
  • Behavioral psychology;
  • Economics; and
  • Managing self and others.

WCMS’s 2015 term takes place July 12-24, 2015 at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Scholarships are available from the Northwest Credit Union Foundation, the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, the WCMS Alumni Association, and WCMS itself. And WCMS is ACE-recommended for college credit.

Learn more at If you have questions, contact NWUCA Director of Member Resources Brandi Gleason at 206.340.4811 or Or contact WCMS Director of School Administration Nancy Wood at 909.212.6059 or

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790,

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