A key component of services offered to WECA  member cooperatives is the wide variety of educational programming designed to help co-op employees and elected directors better meet their responsibilities.
The need for a comprehensive education program addressing a wide variety of issues is driven by the unique business model of a cooperative: It's an organization formed for the purpose of providing specific goods or services to its members at a price as close as possible to the cost of service, and guided in its business decisions by the members, all of whom have a vote in electing their board.
It's to be expected that relatively few people will enter co-op employment or an elected directorship with a full understanding of all the legal responsibilities or duties to the membership that are specific to the unique cooperative way of doing business. That's why even long-serving directors and employees continue to benefit from educational programs offered by WECA and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and covering a multitude of issue areas pertinent to operating successfully in a changing business environment.

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January 10 Co-op Bylaws: Guiding Principles and Current Issues (BLC)
January 11 Current Governance Issues in Policy Development (BLC)
January 23–27 Electric Industry Updates
February 8 Legal Seminar for Directors and Employees
February 21–22 NRECA Retirement Planning Seminar
March 1 Getting Started as a Supervisor (CSC)
Personal Time Management  (CSC)
March 2 Resolving Conflict Through Negotiation (CSC)
Motivating Employees (CSC)
March 20 Credit Issues and Collections Workshop
March 21–22 Nuts and Bolts of Work Orders
March 29–30 WECA Education & Lobby Days
April 5 Advanced Workplace Communications Strategies (MEC)
April 11 Director Duties and Liabilities (CCD)
April 12 Understanding the Electric Business (CCD)
May 9 Employment Law Update
May 9–10 HR Professionals Workshop
May 25 Rusty Patched Bumble Bee: What Utilities Need to Know
August 1 Conversation Skills Outside of the Boardroom (BLC)
August 15 Emerging Energy Issues Summit
August 22–23 Electric Communicator’s Workshop
October 4 Succession Planning: Developing the Purpose-Driven Organization (BLC)
October 17 Strategic Planning (CCD)
October 18 New Employee Orientation Workshop


Associate Membership

Associate membership in the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association provides a continuing opportunity for providers of goods, services, materials, and equipment to build and maintain networking contacts with Wisconsin's electric co-ops and others with interests and needs related to all aspects of the electric power industry.

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