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Registration Opens for 2016 Development Education Trainings
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 6:25 AM

Register for DE Training

First Two CU Philosophy Programs to be held by Foundation in Texas & Wisconsin

Registration is now open for the first two Credit Union Development Education (DE) trainings of 2016, with the third opening later this year. The first 2016 program takes place January in Dallas, Texas, followed by trainings in the spring and fall in Madison, Wisconsin. Attendees of the National Credit Union Foundation’s six-day total immersion experience will learn about credit unions’ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive education and professional networking.

The next DE Training is set for Sept. 9-16, 2015, in Madison and has been sold out since the spring. Registration for each training session is limited to just 42 attendees.

After attending the most recent DE training this spring, Karen Viets, CEO/treasurer of Metropolitan District ECU in Hartford, Connecticut, said, “DE Training has been a life-changing experience for me. It has re-kindled a passion and prepared me to share it with others. From getting down to the basics of the credit union movement and the cooperative principles to life lasting relationships with others that are working for that same common goal. It was the best experience of my life!” (Watch & read more testimonials here)

2016 Locations and Registration

The first DE training will take place Jan. 13-20, 2016, at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center in Dallas, Texas. The next two trainings will be held May 18-25, 2016, and Sept. 14-21, 2016, at the Lowell Center, which is part of the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison. Registration can be found at

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 more than 1,400 graduates across America and more than 34 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.

More about the 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 1,400 credit union advocates from over 34 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 under “How We Help”.


About the National Credit Union Foundation (

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through Foundation grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes.  Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.

The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. The Foundation continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.