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.

January 6 Equity Management and Board Room Decision-Making (BLC)
January 7 Improving Board Decision-Making Quality (BLC)
January 10 Reasonable Suspicion Training (Other)
Jan. 28–29 Education & Lobby Days (Other)

Feb. 4 & 5 First Class Customer Service with a Heart (Other)
Feb. 5 Dealing with Angry or Emotional Customers (Other)
Feb. 6–7 Retirement Planning Seminar (Other)
Feb. 10 Time to Re-Think Our Approach to Governance (Other)
Feb. 11 Legal Seminar for Directors & Employees (Other)
Feb. 17–21 Electric Industry Updates (Other)

March 11 Credit Issues and Collections Workshop (Other)
March 12–13 Work Orders Accounting (Other)

April 7 Director Duties and Liabilities (CCD)
April 7 Stepping Into Your Supervisory Role: Learning to Lead (SMDP)
April 8 You Can’t Do It Alone: Building a Strong Team (SMDP)
April 8 Board Operations and Process (CCD)

May 12 Employment Law Update (Other)
May 12–13 HR Professionals Workshop (Other)
May 27 Executive Media & Communication Training (Other)

August 4 Cooperative Fundamentals, Legacy, and Economic Impact (BLC)
August 5 Energy Issues Summit (Other)
August 26–27 Electric Communicator’s Workshop* (Other)
*To be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin REC
Member Services Association Annual Meeting

October 6 Financial Decision-Making (CCD)
October 7 Cooperative Communications and Public Opinion (BLC)
October 8 New Employee Orientation Workshop (Other)
October 14 Change is Hard: Guiding Your Team (SMDP)
October 15 Accounting for the Non-Accountant (PD)

December 2 Transforming Your Team from Dysfunction to Cohesion (SMDP)
December 3 Deliberate Decision-Making (SMDP)


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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