BALTIMORE – The National Federation of CDCUs said it is accepting applications until June 15 for a pilot program to cultivate future leaders of the credit union movement.

The Cooperative Finance Leaders for America will recruit, train and support 15 new and emerging professionals to be placed in leadership positions in credit unions dedicated to providing credit and safe banking services to low- and moderate-income communities.

Organizers said participating credit unions will gain a new source of talented, diverse staff, drawn from among recent college graduates, graduate students, returning veterans and displaced financial workers. Through a six-month paid fellowship, these new leaders will put their skills and passion for cooperative finance to work. The intensive training program will include a two-week summer institute (one week in person; one week online) in August and ongoing support throughout the six-month fellowship. All fellowships are expected to begin in September 2013 and continue through February 2014.

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