MADISON, Wis. (5/6/14)--Forty-three credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) last week after completing the spring session of the National Credit Union Foundation's (NCUF) Development Education (DE) training in Madison, Wis.
"My head is filled with so much more knowledge, and I feel this fire and encouragement that I can make a difference, even if I am just one person doing something small on my own, said Stacie Neuman, financial architect, Best Advantage CU, Brillion, Wis., with $68 million in assets. "Learning about issues on a global level vs. a local level really opened my eyes."
The intense training offers lessons in cooperative principles and credit union philosophy, connecting them to today's challenges for credit unions.
This class worked on opening an Islamic banking center; board development and recruitment, including the compensation debate; solutions to payday lending; microfinance to women in the Philippines; developing credit union awareness; and a small credit union merger dilemma.
Graduates include representatives from credit unions, corporate credit unions, credit union service organizations, state credit union leagues, CUNA Mutual Group, Filene Research Group, the Credit Union National Association and NCUF. Jamaica and the United Kingdom also were represented in the Class of Spring 2014.
Registration is still open for the fall session of DE training, set for Sept. 10-17 in Madison.