SALT LAKE CITY (2/24/15)--The Utah Credit Union Association is taking a page out of the NBA's book and putting together its own developmental program for young professionals.
If an NBA basketball team drafts a player that still needs to work on his game before he can make an impact at the professional level, the team can send the player down to the developmental league, or the D-League, to hone his skills.
In a similar vein, the Utah Credit Union Association, in search of a program to mold the credit union movement's future leaders, recently instituted its own type of developmental program called, you guessed it, the D-League.
"It's a resource for teaching people about the industry," Stephen Nelson, association vice president of credit union support, told News Now. "People come on board at a credit union and suddenly have to deal with a lot of context they just don't have, and they're kind of lost."
The D-League will help credit union employees speak intelligently about the movement and understand the broader scope of what's going on, Nelson said.
Initially, the entire program, which is free to credit union professionals, will consist of educational webinars covering subjects such as how credit unions fund their operations, advancements in technology and how to market the movement. Nelson said the D-League also could include a networking component down the road.
Once an individual has attended eight webinars, the professional will receive an "Associate's Degree." After eight more classes, he or she will receive a "Bachelor's Degree." By the end of the program a young credit union professional can receive a "PhD," and at that point "you'll pretty much know all there is to know," about credit unions, the association said.
While the association has the expertise in-house to deliver the material to students, Nelson said the program is also looking for credit union professionals from throughout the state, in addition to perhaps CUNA staffers, to teach classes.
Those interested in the class can email Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.