Katie Bredvik, President/CEO of Coteau Valley Federal Credit Union (Sisseton, SD) recently completed CUNA Management school earning her Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designation. The CCUE designation demonstrates the highest level of aptitude in credit union leadership. It is awarded after completing three years of executive education including exams, projects and an oral presentation.
“I don’t think I can accurately put to words how amazing and fulfilling the CUNA Management School program is,” says Bredvik. “As a small credit union, many times I run into educational programs that are a little too ‘out of touch’ for me and my employee. I can honestly say that CMS is not one of those programs. I have met and made lasting friendships that I will reach out to for the rest of my professional career and beyond. These friends come from small credit unions, very large credit unions, and everywhere in between. The fact that CMS can educate employees from that broad of an asset size shows just how fantastic the program is.”
She continues, “Due to COVID our graduating class was not able to gather in person for our last year. While CUNA did all they could to make it a memorable time, the virtual experience was not as enriching as the two years we spent as a class on the University of Madison campus. For anyone who is hesitant to join this course, I say it is more than worth the money and the time to complete, and I would strongly recommend completing it in person if possible.”
A total of seventy-eight graduates from all around the country completed the course this year. “These leaders are ready to keep their credit unions thriving through leadership and collaboration,” said James Carrick, vice president of learning events at CUNA. “These new CCUE designees learned advanced credit union management and operations techniques, preparing them to advance into higher executive roles and provide leadership that engages and motivates their entire staff. I congratulate these newest CCUEs and look forward to watching them drive lasting change in the industry.”
CUNA Management School has prepared more than 5,000 professionals to lead change within the credit union industry. It blends academic training with hands-on activities and projects to provide real-world applications to enhance their leadership. Learn more about CUNA Management School at cuna.org/cms.
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