46 CU professionals become CUDEs

September 24, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (9/24/15)--Forty-six credit union professionals have earned their Credit Union Development Educators (CUDE) certification in Fall Development Educators (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation in Madison, Wis.

The foundation’s main credit union philosophy training includes lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges that credit unions face today.


Forty-six credit union professionals who are graduates of the National Credit Union Foundation’s Fall 2015 Development Educators Training pose with training staff in front of the World Credit Union Center campus in Madison, Wis. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)

The week-long program was conducted Sept. 9-16 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Training involved group exercises, field trips, discussions with speakers in the credit union system and team projects that propose solutions for credit unions’ challenges.

This session’s projects included presenting solutions to issues such as student loan debt, a small credit union merger dilemma, board development and recruiting including the debate over compensation, microfinance to women in Africa, credit union solutions to predatory lending and engaging millennials for credit union growth.

A list of the fall graduates is on the foundation’s website.

The 2016 Winter and Spring DE Training sessions are already filled, the foundation said.  Those interested in attending the 2016 Fall DE Training or the 2017 sessions can get more information at the foundation’s website or by e-mailing