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Dates announced for philosophy immersion program: DE

by Christine Henzig, Director of Communications Nov 16, 2017

Make note of four opportunities in 2018 to enroll in Development Education (DE) training - our Movement's premier "philosophy immersion" program. It can supercharge your career by helping you tap the principles unique to cooperatives that improve local engagement; you become a problem-solver who builds member loyalty . Even better, you can apply for a scholarship to attend! 


DE sessions - each of which graduates new certified Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) - will be held in 2018:

  • April 18-25
  • May 30-June 6
  • September 19-26
  • November 7-14

Registration opens four months ahead of each session and each sells out within hours. If you or a colleague would like to participate, ask to be added to the notification list. Plan to sign up the day that registration opens or there likely won't be a seat. The next opportunity to apply for a scholarship through the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation is March 15.‚Äč


Offered by the National Credit Union Foundation, the program challenges participants to explore issues affecting members and local quality of life from the unique perspective of credit unions' shared principles.

Attendees have come from the U.S. and 34 other nations. Participants “leave their titles at the door;” everyone from front line staffers to CEOs discover strategies to bring their personal best to their roles while advancing credit unions’ impact as a whole.

A week of presentations, discussions, simulations and/or an occasional field trip impart how credit unions’ cooperative ownership structure positions credit unions to offer services, outreach and solutions that strengthen families and communities as well as local and global economies.

Participants put their knowledge into action with team and individual projects, and when the program ends, the real impact begins; CUDEs stay in touch to support the efforts they embark on that grow and strengthen communities across the country.

Meet the Wisconsin Class of 2017 CUDEs!


DE graduates offer the best testimonies of how the program has transformed their perspective on their work, influenced their contributions to our Movement and made them some of credit unions’ most vocal Activists

Don't miss your chance to enroll in this career-transforming experience!

Wisconsin credit unions come together as a single League to Unite for Good; we remove barriers, increase awareness and foster service excellence. All of these steps help more Americans to see credit unions as their best financial partner and regard their credit union as their primary financial institution. Read more articles in our Unite for Good series.