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 7 Assessing Governance: A Continuous Improvement Approach (BLC)
January 8 Your Board’s Culture: Its Impact on Effectiveness (BLC)
Jan. 23–25 & 30 Electric Industry Updates & Creating a Respectful Workplace (Other)

Feb. 4 & 5 Reasonable Suspicion Training (Other)
Feb. 5 Dealing with Angry or Emotional Customers (Other)
Feb. 6–7 Retirement Planning Seminar (Other)
Feb. 13 CFC Statewide Workshop (Other)
Feb. 14 Legal Seminar for Directors & Employees (Other)
Feb. 19 Engaging & Developing High-Performing Employees (SMDP)
Feb. 20 Time Mgmt. & Productivity Toolkit for Supervisors (SMDP)

March 20 Credit Issues and Collections Workshop (Other)
March 21 Process Improvement Workshop (Other)
March 26–27 Education & Lobby Days (Other)

April 9 Team Dynamics—Your “Natural Approach” (SMDP)
April 10 Restoring Emotional Safety & Trust in the Workplace (SMDP)
April 25 Dealing with Angry or Emotional Customers (at Vernon HQ) (Other)
April 26 Dealing with Angry or Emotional Customers (at Bayfield HQ) (Other)

May 7 Employment Law Update (Other)
May 7–8 HR Professionals Workshop (Other)

July 31 Appraising & Compensating the CEO (BLC)

August 1 Energy Issues Summit (Other)
August 20–22 Electric Communicator’s Workshop* (Other)
*To be held in conjunction with the Wisconsin REC
Member Services Association Annual Meeting

October 1 How to Evaluate and Improve Board Performance (BLC)
October 2 Strategic Technologies and Their Impact on the Co-op (BLC)
October 3 New Employee Orientation Workshop (Other)
October 22  Understanding the Electric Business (CCD)
October 23 Strategic Planning (CCD)

December 3 Personal Communication Styles (SMDP)
December 4 Productive Conflict for Supervisors (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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