Forty credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) training from the National Credit Union Foundation. The DE training was held Nov. 2-9 in Madison, Wis.
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. They are required to complete team projects proposing solutions for credit unions to help alleviate or eliminate challenging situations in any given area.
For this training’s final case studies, participants worked through and presented solutions to critical issues that included financial stability among young adults and families, credit union board disruption, building microfinance programs in developing countries, credit union solutions to predatory lending, increasing homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.
The most recent DE graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the United States, as well as representatives from Kenya and the Philippines.
The November DE training was the last training of 2016. Four sessions in Madison are scheduled for 2017.