North Star CCU Employee Graduates from DE Program
by CUAD Communications

Forty-eight credit union leaders were designated as Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs) after completing the National Credit Union Foundation’s (the Foundation) Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training. Among the graduates was Sandi Widdel, (photo right) Branch Manager for North Star Community Credit Union’s Minot branch in North Dakota.

The September DE training was held at the Lowell Center in Madison, Wisconsin and was attended by employees and volunteers from credit unions and system partners across the United States and the globe. DE Training is a unique experiential training program that provides lessons in credit union structure, purpose and the “why” that differentiates credit unions from other financial institutions. During the Foundation’s signature program, participants are involved in group exercises, field visits and interactive speaker sessions that provide insights into how credit unions can leverage their unique business model to help their members and communities overcome the financial and developmental issues they face.

“If I could choose one word about this program, I would say INSPIRING,” stated Widdel. “I am INSPIRED to be a part of the credit union movement and humbled to be in such great company.  I am INSPIRED to be part of the change this movement is seeking and INSPIRED to be a better human! This program also provided me a huge network with a common goal and friends that feel like family,” she added. 

Interested in Attending DE Training?

There are four trainings scheduled for 2020 all taking place in Madison, WI. Email to be put on a notification list to stay up to date on upcoming 2020 registration information, or click here for additional information.


Since 1982, more than 1,900 credit union advocates from over 35 countries have graduated from DE Training to become Credit Union Development Educators (CUDEs). Once they earn their CUDE designation, people return to their jobs with a sense of personal enrichment and renewed energy to share what they have learned. This growing corps of credit union advocates devotes professional and volunteer time to spreading the credit union message to audiences throughout the country. For more information on the DE program, visit

About the National Credit Union Foundation (

The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S credit union movement, serving as a catalyst for change in people’s financial lives. The Foundation works to ignite understanding and focus on member financial health, inspire and create opportunities for credit unions to leverage their cooperative values and respond quickly when disaster strikes. Through cooperative support and action, the Foundation helps people achieve financial freedom.


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