In Today’s Hectic, Rapidly Changing Environment, Continuing Education and Training are Absolutely Vital to Success. Fortunately, They’re Easier than Ever to Access, too.
Consider what the average credit union spends each year on education and training. Now, consider how much of that sizeable sum is not spent on tuition and learning materials — but on hotel rooms, restaurant meals, gasoline or airline flights.
Now, consider how much more cost-effective education and training expenditures would be if those extraneous costs could be cut to a minimum, freeing up limited dollars for the actual learning experience or other pressing needs.
Welcome to education’s new frontiers — the Webcast, the Internet session, the audio conference and the Online Learning Center. In 2005, an estimated 38 percent of the nearly 4,800 credit union people accessing MCUL education programs did so at their desks or at home, without ever setting foot in a classroom. In fact, the actual number of uncounted remote-access users is undoubtedly even more impressive than that, notes MCUL Education and Events Vice President Ann Jones.
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Learn, Unlearn, Relearn
“The illiterate of the 21 st century will not be those who can’t read and write. They will be those who can’t learn, unlearn and relearn.”
These words, written in 1980 by the American futurist Alvin Toffler, are even truer today than they were a quarter-century ago. Here at the beginning of the 21 st century, changes are happening so quickly that it’s often difficult to keep up.
Strong PACs, Legislative Advocacy Hold Keys to Successful Future for CUs
Credit unions hear so much about the importance of grassroots political action and fund raising for our state and federal political action committees (PACs) that the message may seem redundant — even tedious at times.