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Graduates of the Winter 2015 CU Development Educators Training stand with training staff at the American Airlines Training & Conference Center in Dallas, Texas.
updated 02/02/15 02:30 PM
Forty-three credit union professionals became certified CU Development Educators after being guided by eight program facilitators and mentors in the intensive Credit Union Development Education (DE) Training from the National Credit Union Foundation. Of the 43, two were from California: Kristin Crellin from SchoolsFirst FCU and Ricardo Flores from SCE FCU. DE Training provides critical lessons in cooperative principles, credit union philosophy, and international development issues, while incorporating challenges facing credit unions.

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From the Editors of CU Weekly

updated 03/18/13 03:27 PM
CUSO Fourth Largest Branch Network
CO-OP Financial Services has experienced exceptional growth in the last three years. Since 2010, CO-OP, the nation's largest credit union service organization, has added 1,000 branches to its CO-OP Shared Branching network, which now stands at 5,000 locations nationwide.

This milestone positions CO-OP as the fourth largest branch network with teller service in the nation, behind Wells Fargo (6,382 branches), Bank of America (5,916 branches), and Chase (5,833 branches).

The rapid growth of the CO-OP Shared Branching network is attributed to the cooperative spirit of credit unions, as well as the 2012 merger of the CO-OP Financial Services and Financial Service Centers Cooperative Inc. (FSCC) that added 502 branches.

Approximately 1,800 credit unions engage in CO-OP Shared Branching today. CO-OP estimates that if all 7,000-plus U.S.-based credit unions participated in shared branching, the network of shared branching locations would total more than 20,500.

For more information, please visit www.co-opfs.org.