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Cockerham and Stelly Earn CUDE Designation

Forty-six credit union professionals became Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after being guided by dedicated facilitators and mentors through the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation. The DE training was held September 13 - 20, 2017 at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wis.

Louisiana has two new CUDEs ready to take on the credit union world. Congratulations to Lloyd Cockerham (Ascension CU) and Pamela Stelly (Maple FCU) for completing the rigorous requirements to become DEs.

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 development, building microfinance programs in the Philippines, credit union solutions to predatory lending, the increasing issue of homelessness in America, and rejuvenating a stagnant credit union.

Special thanks to Michelle Jinks (Access of Louisiana FCU) who joined the group as a mentor.

The Foundation is holding four DE Trainings next year, all taking place in Madison, Wis. Anyone interested in participating in one of the 2018 DE Trainings can visit ncuf.coop to learn more or they can email cude@ncuf.coop to be put on a notification list for when registration opens up. 

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