Updates 2009

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FCU Enrollment Breaks 700

Total enrollment in Farm Credit University has passed the 700 mark. This includes student enrollments since program inception, July 2004. Even more exciting, approximately 20 percent of these students have come from outside our district, making FCU a truly system-focused training solution. Now more than ever we're committed to providing the ultimate high tech and high touch training experience for agricultural lenders everywhere.

Nearly 300 Mentors Have Been Trained

Perhaps the single most important aspect of putting together a successful training program is identifying and recruiting mentor-coaches. Being a mentor is a tough job, and usually means additional work on top of already hectic schedules. We are fortunate to have had so many mentors step up and agree to help coach our young and newly-hired lenders and analysts as they become the next generation of ag-lending profressionals. Since 2004, we have had the privilege of training nearly 300 FCU mentors. These valuable teachers play a crucial role in ensuring that students are able to put what they learn through FCU into practical use on the job. Again, to all our current and past mentor-coaches: Thanks for the valuable role you are playing in developing the ag-lending leaders of tomorrow.

FCU Launch Pad Celebrates its First Year Anniversary

The Launch Pad orientation program has just celebrated its first anniversary. Since going live in mid-May 2007, over 200 newly-hired Farm Credit employees have followed this curriculum. The Launch Pad is a 5-module eLearning orientation program that is ideal for any new hire. If you're not already taking advantage of Launch Pad, get started today.

New Sales Training Curriculum

FCU, in close partnership with Dancing Elephants Achievement Group, is developing an advanced sales techniques curriculum, slated to be up and running by July 2008. The program is called Mastering Sales Magnetism, and enrollment is underway for the inaugural session. The content has been developed and tailored specifically for Farm Credit lenders and account officers, and is formatted around trust-based selling. Get more information on this course today.

New YBSM Curriculum

FCU, in close partnership with Agrivisions, LLC and Dr. David Kohl, is developing a learning curriculum specifically designed for our Young, Beginning, Small and Minority (YBSM) customers and potential customers. Like other FCU curricula, this program will combine both eLearning and face-to-face instruction for a blended experience. It will also be the perfect medium for Association lenders to develop and foster relationships with our YBSM customers. The AgFirst District and FCU are committed to putting a program in place that will provide education and value to our YBSM farmers and families. Our target date for completion is year end 2008.

FCU Continues to Expand Faculty

In addition to featured instructor and content creator Dr. David Kohl, Farm Credit University brings in many other talented presenters and teachers to instruct our courses. Dr. Alex White from Virginia Tech facilitates a segment on personality and communication styles (DISC profile) for the lifestyle lenders. Dr. Iwana Ridgill of Midlands Technical College leads a dynamic session on providing superior customer service to both external and internal customers. Charlie Farrell of the Farrell Group teaches and inspires as he addresses our commercial ag lender graduates on what it takes to become a leader. Will Turner of Dancing Elephants Achievement Group challenges students to reach new levels of success by becoming a trusted advisor to their customers. Beth Hamlin of Caliber Commercial Corporation instructs the commercial class how to analyze cash flow beyond the traditional framework, incorporating the UCA format that is the industry standard. Dr. Ed Seifried of Lafayette College and Dr. Elwynn Taylor of Iowa State are featured online instructors using the latest webinar technology. Other instructors from AgFirst have included Wes Sutton, Ronnie Hucks, Curt Carlson, Tom Welsh, Bell Melton, Randy Musselwhite, Alicia Morris and Joyce Leet, as well as Todd Van Hoose of Farm Credit Council. In addition to this fine faculty group, we are excited to add Dale Mckee of Cornelius & Associates to our faculty beginning November 2008. Dale is a motivating speaker, specializing in managing organizational change and encouraging personal effectiveness.


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