Set the Stage for Career Growth; WCMS Scholarship Available

The Northwest Credit Union Association has a prized opportunity available for one lucky credit union professional: a three-year tuition scholarship to attend Western CUNA Management School (WCMS). The school is designed for managers and upper-level operational staff who aspire to high-level credit union management careers.

The highly concentrated academic training takes place over three yearly two week terms on the campus of Pomona College in Claremont, California, and includes mentoring and project work off campus. Students will build muscles in key management areas including strategic planning, operations, finance, marketing, lending, human resources, technology, business development, economics, business law, communications, and leadership.

The next three-year term begins July 10, 2016. Annual tuition is $3,250, however, the application for the NWCUA scholarship is open online until April 15.

“The next generation of credit union leaders face extremely complex challenges—technological advancements, economic realities, alternative providers, regulatory responsibility, and more—and the credit union movement thrives when it is led by people equipped to tackle these challenges,” said NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang in a letter to CEOs of member credit unions this week. “WCMS offers one of the most comprehensive and affordable programs in our movement,” he continued.

“WCMS is a life changing opportunity for aspiring leaders,” said Gene Pelham, President and CEO of Medford-Oregon-based Rogue Credit Union. Pelham is a passionate advocate for the academic and real-world training offered by WCMS, and currently serves as its Board Chair. 

Past WCMS students from the Northwest, all attest to the benefits the rigorous and highly focused program has had on their advancement. A case in point is Ryann Weaver, Vice President of Marketing at St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union.

 “WCMS has been an all-encompassing, enriching, and unforgettable experience,” Weaver said. “It has given me the gift of perspective which has already woven its way into my life. I have a new appreciation for the power of collaboration and its importance within my credit union and the movement as a whole. Thanks to WCMS, I have discovered an expanded network of peers. I truly respect the value that brings.”

Questions?  Contact NWCUA Community Manager Carmen Vigil by calling 800.995.9064 ex 122 or emailing

Questions about this story? Contact Lynn Heider: 503.350.2225,

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