XCEL FCU’s Allison Macey Among 40 CU Professionals to Become Certified CU Development Educators (CUDEs)

Foundation’s Transformational CU Training Held in Madison

MADISON, Wis. – Forty 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 most recent DE graduating class included credit union movement representatives from across the U.S, as well as representatives from Kenya and the Philippines.The DE training was held November 2-9, 2016 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.

Graduates of the November 2016 DE Training stand with training staff inside the World Credit Union Center Campus in Madison, Wis.

Among those 40 individuals was XCEL FCU Business Development Coordinator Allison Macey. Macey also serves on the NJCUL’s Young Professionals Committee and represented New Jersey in the “Crash the GAC” program in 2016.

“The DE Program is unlike any other, it is on a completely different level!” said Macey. “The process was invigorating, inspiring and impactful in both my professional and personal life.

“Together the facilitators, mentors and other attendees motivated me to my very core, further igniting my passion for the credit union movement. DE is the epitome of the ‘people helping people’ mantra.”

Team Projects
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 disruption, building microfinance programs in developing countries, credit union solutions to predatory lending, the increasing issue of homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.

2017 DE Trainings
The November DE Training was the last training of 2016 and four are scheduled for 2017 in Madison, Wis. If you are interested in participating in one of the 2017 DE Trainings, visit ncuf.coop to learn more or you can email cude@ncuf.coop to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up.