Forty-six credit union professionals, including two from the Carolinas, 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 DE training was held April 18 – 24, 2018 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.
Paul Narcisse (Coastal CU) and Skyler Jackson (Carolina Foothills FCU) were among the people who successfully earned the CUDE designation. “DE Training was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to serve others and understand how we can change and affect lives by our actions,” said Jackson. “It was a great reminder that ‘people helping people’ is the most important thing to focus on, and if you come from a place of service, you’ll never go wrong.”
DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today. During the week-long program, participants were involved in group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from around the credit union system, and were required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.
Nearly 100 people from South Carolina and North Carolina hold the DE designation from the National Credit Union Foundation. Their passion for cooperation and dedication to service has led to the creation of the Reality of Money simulation for high school students, as well as the annual Principles and Philosophy Conference.