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The Program

Students attend the school for three two-week terms over consecutive summers. The university level faculty is made up of distinguished professors, attorneys, high level credit union professionals and consultants. To promote the learning experience, students live in Pomona College dormitories and take their meals in its dining halls.

In addition to the three annual sessions, students complete a written project between each term: Project I, an analysis of the student's credit union, and Project II, which involves strategic planning for the credit union's future. Students also take a comprehensive examination at the end of each school year.

Year 1
During the first summer, the program focuses on modern management practices and principles. Each class is designed so that what is taught will directly relate to the student's own credit union. Subject areas include:

  • Strategic Management for Credit Unions
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Financial Management
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Ethics and the Law
  • Credit Union Philosophy and the Cooperative Culture
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Economics
  • Managing Self and Others

Year 2
In the second summer, students undertake an in-depth study of the functional and operational aspects of credit unions, especially their role in the financial marketplace. They also explore in-depth topics covered in Project I. Subject areas include:

  • Credit Union Operations
  • Corporate Law for Credit Unions
  • Credit Unions Face the Economy
  • Emerging Issues for Credit Unions
  • Personnel Law
  • Money and Financial Institutions
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Risk Management
  • Managing the Human Resource
  • Executive Presentation Skills

Year 3
During the third and final year of the school, the curriculum leads students through a computer simulation of a credit union’s finances to help them plan for the future of their own credit unions. In addition, students participate in a thorough analysis of issues raised in Project II. Subject areas include:

  • Credit Union Strategy
  • Credit Union Financial Simulation
  • Economic Trends Facing Credit Unions
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Leadership
  • Business Ethics
  • Technology, Service and Collaboration Panel Discussion

Western CUNA Management School is sponsored by the Leagues of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, and Nevada; the Mountain West Credit Union Association representing Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming; the Montana Credit Union Network; the Credit Union Association of New Mexico; the Northwest Credit Union Association representing Oregon and Washington; and the Utah Credit Union Association in cooperation with Pomona College.

 


For questions and inquiries please contact:

Nancy Wood,
Director of School Administration
Western CUNA Management School
2885 E. Guasti Rd.,
Suite 600
Ontario, CA 91761-1250

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 51476
Ontario, CA 91761-0076

(800) 472-1702, ext. 6059 nancyw@wcmspomona.org
Fax (909) 354-3109

 

 
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