Among 48 credit union professionals who earned the Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) designation were several LSCU members from Florida. The intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation)  was held May 31-June 7 at the Lowell Center in Madison, WI.

Florida credit union staff earning the designation are Dawson Brown, Tallahassee-Leon FCU; Maggie Conaghan, Central CU of Florida;and Michelle Damato and Nilsa Farriss, Suncoast CU.

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 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.