Registration opens for April Development Education (DE) training

First of 4 CU Philosophy Programs to be held by Foundation in 2017

Registration is now open for the first Credit Union Development Education (DE) training of 2017, which takes place April 26 – May 3, 2017 in Madison, Wis. Attendees of the National Credit Union Foundation’s (the Foundation) six-day total immersion experience will learn critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues while incorporating challenges credit unions face today.

After attending the most recent DE training late last year, Ruby Alvarez, Community Development Manager at GECU in El Paso, Texas, said, “DE training has been the best experience I have had in my 20 years at the credit union. It reminded me of our purpose and re-energized me to carry out our founding principles.” (Watch & read more testimonials here)

2017 Training Details & Registration
This is the second year in a row that the Foundation will hold four DE trainings due to increased demand. After the April training, subsequent trainings will be held in June, September and November. All four trainings are to be held at the Lowell Center, which is part of the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis. Registration can be found at

Registration for each training is limited to just 48 attendees. The registration fee includes seven nights of single-room lodging, as well as all training materials and meals. Scholarship information is included on the registration page as many state credit union foundations and leagues offer scholarships to DE Training, in addition to the National DE scholarship offered.

Who Should Attend – And Why
DE training is open to everyone from new employees who need a credit union orientation to seasoned executives who need to recharge.  Participants cite many benefits of attending DE training:

  • Graduates acquire skills in credit union outreach initiatives, problem solving, technical assistance, team building, and public presentations.
  • Graduates earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).  They join a networking group including over 1, 600 graduates across America and over 35 other countries.
  • CUDEs realize that local issues are indeed global – and that global issues are local.
  • CUDEs understand that credit unions grow stronger by working cooperatively.
  • CUDEs return to their jobs with new understanding of how to promote cooperative principles and credit union values as distinct advantages in today’s competitive financial services marketplace.
  • CUDEs become passionate advocates of the credit union philosophy, which boosts employee motivation, creativity and a deeper commitment to their credit union organization and the movement.

About DE Program

The mission of the Credit Union Development Education (DE) program is to promote credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. By linking credit unions’ past and present, the DE program brings renewed relevance to credit unions’ seven cooperative principles and the philosophy of “People Helping People.”

Since 1982, more than 1,600 credit union advocates from over 35 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).  Once they earn their CUDE designation, people return to their jobs with a sense of personal enrichment and renewed energy to share what they have learned.  This growing corps of credit union advocates devotes professional and volunteer time to spreading the credit union message to audiences throughout the country. For more information on the DE program, visit

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