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 5 Cybersecurity: The Board's Oversight Role (BLC)
January 6 Succession Planning: Developing the Purpose-Driven Organization (BLC)
January 11 Finance Webinar: Depreciation

February 2–3  Education & Lobby Days
February 8 Finance Webinar: Cost and Collection of Plant Investments
February 10 Electric Industry Updates webinars
February 15 Preparing Yourself for Dog Encounters AND Dealing With & Responding to Difficult Members
February 16 Top Employee Performance for Increasing Morale, Resilience, & Safety AND Dealing with & Responding to Difficult Members
February 16 Director Duties & Liabilities (CCD)
February 17 Board Operations & Process (CCD)

March 8 Finance Webinar: Reporting
March 15 Credit & Collections Workshop
March 16–17 Work Orders Accounting Workshop
March 22 CFC Statewide Workshop
March 23 Legal Seminar for Directors & Employees

April 6 Retirement Planning Seminar webinar
April 12 Change is Hard: Guiding Your Team Through Complex Times (SMDP)
April 13 Deliberate Decision-Making (SMDP)

May 3 & 4 The Financial Impact of Activities: Metrics, Ratios, Relationships, and Analysis Workshop webinar
May 10 Employment Law Update (Other)
May 11 HR Professionals Workshop (Other)
May 17 Finance Webinar: Board Reporting

June 14 Finance Webinar: Leading Financial Management at Your Utility

August 2 Maximizing Your Grassroots Strategy (BLC)
August 3 Energy Issues Summit (Other)
August 23 Wisconsin REC Member Services Association Conference
August 24 Electric Communicator's Workshop

September 20    From Financials to Ratemaking Workshop webinar

October 4 Cooperative Finance & Accounting for the Non-Accountant (CCEP)
October 5 Customer Service Essentials (CCEP)
October 11 Financial Decision-Making (CCD)
October 12 Current Governance Issues in Policy Development (BLC)
October 18 Finance Webinar: Communicating the Finances

November 8 Finance Webinar: Work Plan Management

December 8 The Power of Positive Conflict and Creating High-Performing Teams
December 13 Finance Webinar: Bringing Financial Value to Your Non-Financial Teammates



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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