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)

TBD Employment Law Update (Other)
TBD HR Professionals Workshop (Other)

August 4-5
Cooperative Fundamentals, Legacy, and Economic Impact (BLC)
CANCELLED 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)
October 29 Executive Media & Communication Training (Other)

December 1 Director Duties and Liabilities (CCD)
December 2 Board Operations and Process (CCD)
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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