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 9 Moving the Fence: A Guide to Shared Services... (BLC)
January 10 ESG and The Cooperative Difference (BLC)
January 16 Customer Service Essentials (CCEP)
January 1718 OSHA 10-Hour Course
January 18 Reasonable Suspicion Training
January 23 Employee Finance Webinar: Connecting Spending to Ratemaking
January 30-31 Education & Lobby Days

February 6 Computer Skills: Professional Microsoft Excel: Core Skills
February 8 Electric Industry Updates webinars 
February 13 Director Duties & Liabilities (CCD)
February 13 WECA Manager & Supervisor Development Program (Part 1)
February 14 Board Operations & Process (CCD)
February 21 Employee Finance Webinar: Operating/Variable Expense Deep Dive
February 22 Director Finance Webinar Series: Operating Costs and Operational Plans

March 12 Credit & Collections Workshop: The Electric Consumer Experience
March 13 Work Orders: Basics in a Day Workshop
March 14
Effective Problem-Solving & Decision-Making AND Getting Comfortable Giving & Receiving Feedback (CCEP)
March 19 Employee Finance Webinar: Financial Orientation Checklist
March 21 Rules & Procedures for Effective Board Meetings (BLC)
March 22 Legal Updates for Directors & Employees

April 2 Computer Skills: Information Management with Microsoft OneNote
April 3 New Employee Orientation
April 9 Employee Finance Webinar: Capital Credits
April 9–10 Electric Utility Fundamentals for Non-Operations Personnel
April 11 Director Finance Webinar Series: Capital Credits
April 16
Executive Leadership Development Series (part 1)
April 18 Retirement Planning Seminar webinar

May 14 Employee Finance Webinar: Business Plan Essentials
May 21 Employment Law Update (Other)
May 22 HR Professionals Workshop (Other)

June 4 The Cooperative Communication Experience
June 6 Director Finance Webinar Series: Business Plan Essentials
June 11 CFC BudgetPro Workshop
June 12 File Triage and Understanding Microsoft 365 (computer lab)

July 18 Director Finance Webinar: Electric Finance Philosophies

August 6–7 WECA Manager & Supervisor Development Program (part 2)
August 14 Employee Finance Webinar: Plant Retirement and Reconciliation Strategies
August 15 HR Webinar: Compensation Plans
August 27 Wisconsin REC Member Services Association Conference
August 28 Communication Power (formerly Electric Communicator's Conference)

October 8 Assessing Governance: Taking a Continuous Improvement... (BLC)
October 9 Co-op Bylaws: Guiding Principles & Current Issues (BLC)
October 10 Executive Leadership Development Series (part 2)
October 15 Financial Decision-Making (CCD)
October 16 Building Your Co-op's Culture: The Supervisor's Role (SMDP)
October 22 Employee Finance Webinar: Impact of Industry Changes to Our Finances
October 22 HR Webinar: Performance Management
October 24 Director Finance Webinar Series: Planning for Industry Changes and Future Advancement

December 10 Office Support Professional’s Conference
December 10 Employee Finance Webinar: Utilizing Service Orders to Measure Metrics
December 11 Utility Financial Basics
December 12 Director Finance Webinar: Debt Management and the Balance Sheet
December 12 HR Webinar: Training & Development Plans




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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