MADISON, Wis. (5/13/15)--Forty-seven credit union professionals--one of the largest classes to date--became Credit Union Development Educators last week, a designation earned for navigating the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) training program administered by the National Credit Union Foundation.
The foundation’s spring DE training program was held April 29-May 6 in Madison, Wis., at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“So many of us get caught up in learning how to do our jobs that we never truly reflect on why,” said Doug Bedner, chief operating officer, Resource One CU, Dallas, after attending the weeklong event. “The DE program helped me to understand why credit unions are here to serve. This was more than a conference. It was an awakening to the credit union movement.”
The training featured group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers from throughout the credit union system and a team project exercise that asked attendees to propose solutions to problems facing the credit union industry today.
The problems posed to the spring program’s participants included opening an Islamic banking center; board development and recruiting, including the debate over compensation; credit union solutions to predatory lending; microfinance to women in Africa; building member engagement for growth; and a small credit union merger dilemma.
“The strength of the DE program is growing, and we are excited to have already filled up the fall DE program,” said Lois Kitsch, spring DE training co-facilitator and foundation national program director. “We will soon open registration for the 2016 DE training sessions.”