47 certified as CUDEs

November 17, 2017

47 certified as CUDEs 

Forty-seven credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated program facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation).  

The DE training was held Nov. 1 - 8, 2017 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis. 

“The simplest thing I can say is that I’m a different person than who I was 7 days ago,” said John Cote, director of information services at the Association of Vermont Credit Unions. ”Along with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with, I was absorbed into an entity that became far greater than the sum of its parts. And I know now that I’m a small part of an even bigger, global entity that can accomplish anything.” 

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, and 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 development, building microfinance programs in the Philippines, credit union solutions to predatory lending, the increasing issue of homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union. 

The Foundation is holding four DE trainings next year, all taking place in Madison, Wis. Anyone interested in participating in one of the 2018 DE Trainings can visit to learn more or they can email to be put on a notification list for when registration opens.