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Scholarship opportunities old and new coming soon!

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

For eight years, Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) in North Carolina and South Carolina have worked in partnership with the League to host a Principles and Philosophy Conference. Over this time, more than 250 credit union staff have received an inspirational look at credit union & cooperative history, and learned about the key differentiators in the credit union business model. 

Besides educating future leaders about how credit unions are different from for-profit financial institutions, the conference has sparked a wider interest among staff in attending Credit Union Development Education in Madison, WI.

To assist credit unions and staff in attending this week-long event, the League and CUDEs in the Carolinas are pleased to announce that two CUDE Scholarships will be offered to credit union staff in the Carolinas each year beginning in 2018. Applications for 2018 scholarships will be accepted beginning October 1, 2017.

"This is an exciting milestone for our CUDE group and it is a tremendous opportunity for credit union staff in the Carolinas," shared Jeff Hardin, the League's director of cooperative initiatives. "Each year, 100% of the profits made from the Principles & Philosophy Conference sweeps into a scholarship fund at the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. The growth of this fund is such that we can confidently offer these scholarships."

This same fund has provided scholarships to attend the Principles & Philosophy Conference for the past four years. These scholarships allow staff at credit unions that would otherwise not be able to attend the conference. These scholarships also enhance the conference experience by bringing a wider range of credit union perspectives to the table during the immersive and experiential conference event.

Scholarship applications for attending the 2017 Principles & Philosophy Conference will be accepted beginning later this month. The conference takes place near Winnsboro, SC October 24-26.  

The League is thankful for the efforts of CUDEs in the Carolinas, and grateful for the consistent support and enthusiasm credit unions have shown for principles and philosophy education," shared Hardin. "We look forward to continuing to impact and inspire credit union leaders through the conference as well as these scholarship opportunities in the future." If you would like more information on CUDE or Principles & Philosophy Conference Scholarships, please contact Jeff Hardin at 919-457-9063.

Tags:  CUDE  Principle Five  Principle Six  Principles and Philosophy Conference 

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Coastal FCU's Deborah Avery earns CUDE designation from NCUF

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

(Editor's note: the following information is provided courtesy of the National Credit Union Foundation.) 

Forty-six credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). The Fall DE training was held September 9-16, 2015 at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.

Deborah Avery of Coastal Federal Credit Union was among the 46 participants earning their CUDE designation. Jeff Hardin of the Carolinas Credit Union League also attended in order to assist  Foundation staff and volunteers through the week. 

"DE was a life transforming experience that gave me the opportunity to collaborate with amazing people, the insight to view situations from another perspective, and provided me encouragement to find a way to make a difference in my community," shared Avery. "I am honored to be a member of the CUDE family and look forward to the opportunity to work with my fellow DE colleagues."  

DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. For this class’ final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included student loan debt, a small credit union merger dilemma, board development and recruiting including the debate over compensation, microfinance to women in Africa, credit union solutions to predatory lending, and engaging millennials for growth.

Registration opened less than a month ago for the 2016 Winter and Spring DE Training sessions, but due to popular demand, both are already both sold out. For professionals interested in attending the 2016 Fall DE Training (or 2017 DE Trainings), visit ncuf.coop to learn more or you can email cude@ncuf.coop to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up.

Tags:  Coastal FCU  CUDE 

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Winter CUDE graduates include three from Carolinas

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Monday, February 2, 2015
Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015

Forty-three credit union professionals became certified Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) this month after being guided by eight dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). Included in the class were three staff from the Carolinas who successfully earned the CUDE designation from the Foundation. The Winter DE training was held January 14-21, 2015 at the American Airlines Training & Conference Center in Dallas, Texas.

Graduates from the Carolinas include: T.J. Wyman & Al Jones, both with Coastal FCU in Raleigh, NC,  and Randall Smith of CUInsight in Greenville, SC.

"As credit union pioneer Edward Filene put it many years ago, the credit union movement 'is a great movement, worthy of great deeds, deserving of great loyalty,'” said Carolinas Credit Union League President/CEO John Radebaugh. "The League congratulates T.J., Al and Randy on their achievement, and we know they'll use the lessons they learned to impact the credit union movement."   

Team Projects
DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area. For this class’ final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included opening an Islamic banking center, board development and recruiting including the debate over compensation, credit union solutions to predatory lending, microfinance to women in Africa, the college conundrum of helping students understand and manage student loan debt, and a small credit union merger dilemma.

2015 Spring DE Training Registration Still Open
Registration is still open with few spots left for the next 2015 DE training program, which will take place April 29-May 6, 2015 in Madison, Wis. Registration for the training can be found on the Foundation website.

The remaining DE Training of 2015 is set for September 9-16 at the Lowell Center in Madison, with registration opening soon.

Tags:  CUDE  National CU Foundation 

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Guest Post: Amanda Crawford learns CU social purpose at CUDE class in Chapel Hill

Posted By Jeff Hardin, Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

(Editor's note: Amanda Crawford, the marketing manager at Carolina Foothills FCU, attended the Winter DE program in Chapel Hill, NC in January. Amanda shares her thoughts about CUDE and the role of credit unions in the financial system.) 


Amanda Crawford (second from right) is pictured at her CUDE graduation with Lois Kitsch (National CU Foundation), Sue Douglas (State Employees' CU) and Gerry Singleton (CUNA Mutual Group).
"Amanda, do you want to go to CUDE training?” "Sure” I said with hesitation in my voice because I didn’t really know what DE was. But that would change my whole outlook on how I do my job and how I look at the credit union industry as a whole.

My DE experience was amazing, fun filled, enlightening and something I will never forget. I went in not knowing what I had gotten myself into but came out with a brand new outlook on what we are here for as credit union professionals! Learning the core operating principles of why credit unions were created changed the way I look at day-to-day practices. I was fortunate enough to have Sue Douglas from State Employees' CU as my mentor. She was a great mentor and a wealth of knowledge. She drove our group to really think outside the box and to look at the credit union movement with different eyes.

Credit unions were created with a social purpose and if we lose that, we lose our identity as credit unions. I believe that everyone from the tellers to CEOs should experience DE so that they can witness the real differences of a credit union and bank. Unfortunately, I think we as CU professionals rest on the statement of "we have lower loan rates, high dividend rates and great service” when people ask what is the difference in credit unions and banks; an as credit unions we are so much more than that! Another highlight was learning the "secret DE handshake” (my other DE counterparts will get that)!

Amanda Crawford was born in Greenville, SC on July 31, 1982. Raised in Taylors, SC, Amanda graduated from Greenville Technical College in 2006 with a AA in Graphic Design. She began working for Liberty Federal Credit Union right out of high school in 2000, found her way to Carolina Foothills FCU in March of 2001, and while finishing her degree worked as a teller. After finishing her degree, Amanda was hired in the marketing department as the marketing assistant and in 2008 was given the opportunity to become the marketing manager.

Amanda says she loves being involved in the community and providing financial education. She is currently involved with Junior Achievement in the Upstate and American Cancer Society. Amanda participated in the 2013 SCCUL (now CUaware) Protégé competition as the Upstate Representative. Amanda currently serves as CUaware’s Communications Director. She received her CUDE designation in January 2014! Amanda says she loves her credit union, the movement it represents ... as well as the Clemson Tigers!

Tags:  Carolina Foothills FCU  CUDE 

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