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Graduates of the Winter 2014 DE Training display the flags of Kenya and Malawi at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. to honor their credit union colleagues who attended the training from both countries.
Madison, Wis. (2/6/14) – A record forty-seven credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) last 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 (NCUF). Training was held at the Rizzo Conference Center January 22-29 in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Team Projects

DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the recent week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, issue 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 the class' final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included credit union regulations, board development and recruiting including the debate over compensation, credit union solutions to payday lending, microfinance to women in the Philippines, credit union taxation, and a small credit union merger dilemma.


"DE training was hands-down the most educational, inspirational, and emotional training or conference I've ever been fortunate enough to be a part of. I learned of the principles on which credit unions were founded and how these principles should remain at the heart of every decision that we make today. It is not possible to attend this training and not, as a human being, be changed significantly."

-Michael Waylett, Vision Financial FCU President

"Learning the core operating principles of why credit unions exist will change the way you look at your day-to-day practices. I believe everyone, from tellers to CEOs, should experience DE and understand the real differences between credit unions and banks. It's about much more than 'having lower loan rates.'"

-Amanda Crawford, Carolina Foothills FCU Marketing Manager

"DE training is indescribable—a life-altering experience. The wealth of knowledge shared and the exchange of ideas are priceless. The principles on which credit unions were founded are alive and well today and should be exemplified by all volunteers, credit union personnel and members."

-LaTasha Cooper, CCUL Director of Small CU Initiatives

Class Graduates from the Carolinas

In North Carolina: Mark Curran, Lion's Share FCU; Tim Eisel, ElecTel Cooperative FCU; Bijal Gami, Local Government FCU; Jennifer Gleason, Local Government FCU; Brent Glover, State Employees CU; Tanya Haskett, Mountain CU; Rebecca Holtdorf, Local Government FCU; Brenda Hooks, Coastal FCU; John McGrail, Carolinas CU Foundation; Deb McLean, Carolina Postal CU; Deborah Perkins-Futch, Duke University FCU; Toretta Snipes, State Employees CU; and Michael Waylett, Vision Financial FCU.

In South Carolina: Latasha Cooper, Carolinas CU League; Amanda Crawford, Carolina Foothills FCU; and Toni Davisson, SC Telco FCU.

The Winter 2014 graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the U.S., Malawi, and Kenya. To see the full list of graduates, click here.

2014 Spring & Fall DE Trainings

Registration is still open for the next two 2014 DE trainings, which will be held April 23-30, 2014 and September 10-17, 2014 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.

Click here for registration and more information.