Mission Accomplished: ROI with Free Rutgers Training for NJCUL Members
in League Initiatives
By: David Frankil, NJCUL President/CEO

I heard two things consistently from CEOs in my initial round of visits and phone calls back in July.

One was that the League needed to demonstrate a more quantifiable ROI on their dues investment.

The second was the need for cost-effective and local professional development programs. Not that CUNA, CUES, and others don’t offer solid options, but the fees, travel expenses, and total time out of office make it difficult for many of our members to take advantage of them.

I’m proud to say we’ve killed two birds with one stone.

We needed to find a local option to minimize both expense and travel time, which would enable us to offer training to as many NJCUL member credit union employees as possible. After an extensive search, we connected with the Rutgers University Office of Continuing Professional Education. Not only does Rutgers have an extensive course catalog full of relevant topics with top-notch instructors, but they were capable of offering hyper-local training, in small groups across the entire state.

Next came the issue of cost, and Rutgers suggested partnering on a joint proposal to the State of New Jersey for a grant to underwrite the entire training program. It turned out to be more complicated than expected, because the State required a complete list of all the individuals to be trained in advance, as part of the application. But we jumped that hurdle as well, surveying our membership in August of last year to assess the needs of our credit unions and to compile the list needed for the application.

If you read the Daily Exchange yesterday, or saw our email announcement, you know the punch line. We’ve been approved for a grant from the State of New Jersey, which will allow us to train over 250 NJCUL member credit union employees in three tracks, containing four courses each, for a total of 16 hours of training per track:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Supervisor Symposium
  • Becoming a Better Manager

Not only will this training be provided to NJCUL member credit unions at no cost, but employees will even receive a certificate from Rutgers University upon completion. Kudos to Barbara Agin and Chris Abeel for successfully working the grant process over the past seven months.

Even though we had to provide the list of trainees in advance, we may still be able to accommodate you if you did not respond to the initial call for participants. Please contact Barbara (bagin@njcul.org) to add names to the waiting list.