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Jackson, Temple among 43 newly certified CU Development Educators (CUDEs)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Graduates of the Spring 2014 DE Training stand with training staff inside the theater at the World Credit Union Center Campus in Madison, Wis.

MADISON, Wis. and RALEIGH, NC—Forty-three credit union professionals, including First Legacy Community CU’s Benita Jackson and Local Government FCU’s Chris Temple, became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) last week 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). The Spring DE training was held April 23-30, 2014 at the Lowell Center on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis.

“CUDE is an invaluable experience and I highly recommend to everyone,” said First Legacy Chief Financial Officer Benita Jackson on her DE experience. “The program enhanced my understanding of the credit union industry, confirmed my support for the movement, and changed my perception of the members we serve...I’ve become a true advocate of sharing the international operating principles and committed to promoting the credit union philosophy.”

LGFCU Member Development Manager Chris Temple had similar remarks about his time in DE training. “The DE program allowed me to immerse myself once again into the philosophies and principles that guide our movement,” said Temple. “But more importantly, DE provided me the chance to meet some great people who are enriching our members’ lives every day.”

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 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 payday lending, microfinance to women in the Philippines, developing credit union awareness, and a small credit union merger dilemma.

Click here to download the full list of class graduates.

In Other DE News:

2014 Fall DE Training Registration Still Open
Registration is still open for the next 2014 DE training, which will be held September 10-17, 2014 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. Registration and more information can be found on the NCUF website here.

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