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Cornerstone Credit Union League Encourages Participation in International CU Leadership Program
Monday, September 16, 2013 6:35 AM

In 2010, the now Cornerstone Credit Union League (League) signed a “People to People” partnership Sicredi, one of the most important cooperatives in Brazil. This partnership has opened the door for the exchange of ideas and best practices between the two organizations. League-affiliated credit unions will have the opportunity to learn more about Sicredi and the cooperative movement in Brazil, during a two-week credit union internship Jan. 12-25, 2014.

The World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU) is currently seeking applications from credit union professionals, through its International Credit Union Leadership Program. A committee will select 12 candidates to participate in the scholarship program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State and covers all expenses except airfare. The application deadline is Sept. 27.

The International Credit Union Leadership Program is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, expose participants to cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to the credit union industry. Participating U.S. credit union leaders learn firsthand about methods to better serve an increasingly diverse membership, including youth, businesses and low-income members. In a two-way exchange, credit union professionals from Brazil also have the opportunity to intern in the U.S. Twelve select Brazilian credit union professionals will begin their U.S. internships on Oct. 6, at the League and Northwest Credit Union Association - implementing partners of the grant.

The International Credit Union Leadership Program is part of the U.S. Department of State's Professional Fellows Program and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges. The program provides each participant with credit union placement, lodging with a local host family, meals and communication stipends, local transportation and traveler's insurance. Sponsoring U.S. credit unions are responsible for covering an airfare cost of approximately US$2,000 as a sign of commitment to building human capital within their organization.

Applications are due Sept. 27. Credit unions can learn more about WOCCU’s International Credit Union Leadership Program online.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Suing, at msuing@woccu.org or (608) 395-2075.