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4 Carolinas CU professionals become certified Credit Union Development Educators

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Graduates of the November 2018 DE Training stand with training staff inside the World Credit Union Center Campus in Madison, Wis. (view high res image)

Madison, Wis. – Forty-two credit union professionals, including four from the Carolinas, were certified as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training.

The November DE Training was held November 7-13, 2018 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. and was attended by employees and volunteers from credit unions and system partners across the United States and the globe.

“My time training to be a DE was incredibly inspiring,” said Jessica Baker, VP of member services for SC Telco FCU. “I have always been proud of who we are and what we do but experiencing DE brought my passion for the credit union movement to a new level. I’m so grateful that my credit union saw the value in DE Training and invested in me to attend. This experience reminded me how powerful we are when we work cooperatively. I’m eager to collaborate with fellow DE’s in the Carolinas and believe that together, we can make a difference in our communities by continuing to further the movement.”

DE Training is an experiential training program that provides lessons in credit union structure, purpose and how they differentiate from other financial institutions. During the National Credit Union Foundation’s week-long program, participants are involved in group exercises, field visits and interactive speaker sessions that provide insights into how credit unions can leverage their unique business model to help their members and communities overcome the financial and developmental issues they face.

Class graduates from the Carolinas include Kimberly Ashline from South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Jessica Baker from SC Telco Federal Credit Union, and Mark Cough and Steve Morgan from Coastal Credit Union.

Click here to view the full list of November 2018 graduates.


2019 DE Trainings

The Foundation hosts four DE Trainings each year in Madison, Wis. If you are interested in participating in an upcoming DE Training, visit to learn more or you can email to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up.


More about the DE Program:

Since 1982, more than 1,900 credit union advocates from over 36 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). Once they earn their CUDE designation, people return to their jobs with a sense of personal enrichment and renewed energy to share what they have learned. This growing corps of credit union advocates devotes professional and volunteer time to spreading the credit union message to audiences throughout the country. For more information on the DE program, visit under “How We Help”.

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