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PSCU Sponsors 2017 Credit Union Development Education Workshop

Thu, Jul 27, 2017

­ PSCU, the nation¹s leading CUSO, was a proud sponsor of the National Credit Union Foundation¹s Development Education (DE) Workshop in Tampa on July 11-13. The focus for this year¹s workshop was diversity and inclusion, and why inclusion is so important to credit unions. The workshop builds upon the foundational DE training, such as critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy and international development issues, while incorporating other challenges that credit unions face today.

The mission of the DE program is to promote credit unions¹ social responsibility and domestic and international development through interactive adult education and professional networking. By linking credit unions¹ past and present, the program brings renewed relevance to credit unions¹ seven cooperative principles and the philosophy of ³People Helping People.²

The workshop was hosted at the Suncoast Credit Union headquarters in Tampa while PSCU proudly sponsored the Opening Reception dinner on the first day of the workshop. In addition to networking opportunities, the workshop allows credit union professionals from across the country to sharpen their skills in credit union outreach initiatives, technical assistance, public presentations and become passionate advocates of the credit union philosophy. Graduates of the workshop also earn certification as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs).

³PSCU was proud to be a sponsor of this year¹s Credit Union DE Workshop, as the valuable lessons and skills learned by attendees of the event are the same that our CUSO promotes every day,² said Tom Olney, PSCU VP, Learning Process & Architecture. ³At PSCU, we encourage all of our associates to continue sharpening their skills in order to advance themselves individually, as well as the industry as a whole. Events like the Credit Union DE Workshop provide an opportunity for credit union professionals from around the world to come together over a shared passion which unites us all.²

Each year during the DE Workshop, a day is dedicated to giving back to the local community. This year¹s charity of choice was Pinellas Hope, a non-profit organization that supports the homeless population in St. Petersburg. The organization provides shelter and job placement support and sets goals with residents that encourage self-sufficiency. At this year¹s workshop, attendees banded together and raised over $25,000 in just 75 minutes to support Pinellas Hope¹s newest housing project for veterans. The funds went toward furnishing and decorating 14 of the organization¹s homes that await veterans.

³Each year, we are honored with the opportunity to come together as a credit union movement to advance the profession and give back to local communities in need. We are very proud of the funds raised during this year¹s DE Workshop for Pinellas Hope,² said Lois Kitsch, the National Credit Union Foundation¹s National Program Director.

For more information about the workshop or the National Credit Union Foundation, visit