The CDCU Institute™ has been training community development leaders since 1999!
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The Federation's CDCU Institute™ is the first and only training program of its kind designed specifically for CDCUs and other credit unions that serve low- and moderate-income people and communities. Our unique curriculum is designed to show you new ways to manage a sound, effective, financial institution while demonstrating your leadership in local community economic development. A rigorous program of instruction will expand your knowledge and sharpen your skills to achieve the highest standards of credit union management.
For more than 13 years, the Federation has partnered with some of our nation’s top credit union educators and community economic development specialists, including CUNA’s Center for Professional Development (CPD), Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Community Economic Development, Credit Union Executives Society (CUES) and other nationally recognized experts, to offer participants with specialized training available nowhere else in the credit union movement. We have deveoped a state-of-the-art training model to help credit unions operate more efficiently, while increase their impact in low- and moderate-income communities they serve.
In addition to the training in Madison, the CDCU Institute™ also offers various networking, collaboration, and even exchange opportunities for students and graduates. These hands-on experiental programs build on our cooperative heritage and allow credit unions to learn from their peers about successful models in service the underserved.
Students that complete all three years receive a Certificate in CDCU Management.
CDCU Institute™ Curriculum
Our curriculum is comprised of three one-week sessions held once per year, and provides participants with the essentials of:
Asset Building in Low- and Moderate-income Communities
Marketing and Cross-selling Products and Services
Credit Union Rules and Regulations
Risk Management and Internal Controls
Small Business Lending
And much more!
To view a sample first-year curriculum, please click here.
The cost of tuition for credit union staff is $3,000 per year. Our price includes double room occupancy and most meals.
We encourage credit unions teams of two or more to attend the sessions, and offer a 10% discount on the total tuition costs for additional registrants. Group rates are also available for credit unions sending four or more participants.
CDCU Institute™ Scholarship Application
The Federation offeres limited scholarship assistance to member CDCUs looking to enroll in the CDCU Institute™, but who would be unable to attend due to costs.
In addition to scholarships from the Federation, previous students have also obtained financial assistance from:
The National Credit Union Administration’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund
The Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund
State credit union leagues and credit union foundations
Local credit unions, foundations, banks, and corporations
Download the 2012 scholarship form by clicking here.
CDCU Institute™ Dates & Application
The 2012 CDCU Institute™ will be held September 23-27, 2012 in Madison, WI
We are now accepting applications for the 2012 CDCU CDCU Institute™. The deadline for registration is September 10, 2012.
Download an application form by clicking here.
Questions & More Information
If you are interested in learning more about the Institute, please contact Pamela Owens, Interim President/CEO, at email@example.com or (800) 437-8711 x215.