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 10 Cooperative Fundamentals, Legacy, and Economic Impact (BLC)
January 11 Governance Challenges of the Evolving Distribution Co-op (BLC)
January 1718 OSHA 10-Hour Course
January 18 Reasonable Suspicion Training
January 19 Director Finance Webinar: Electric Co-op Financial Orientation--Balance Sheet
January 24 Employee Finance Webinar:  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Accounting 

February 8  Understanding the Electric Business (CCD)
February 8 Building Trust in the Workplace (SMDP)
February 9 Strategic Planning (CCD)
February 9 Transforming Your Team from Dysfunction to Cohesion (SMDP)
February 14 Employee Finance Webinar: Revenue
February 15 Indestructible PR Crisis Response Workshop [for employees]
February 16 Equity Management and Boardroom Decision-Making (BLC)

March 14 Credit & Collections Workshop: The Electric Consumer Experience
March 15–16 Advanced Work Orders Accounting Workshop
March 22–23 Education & Lobby Days

April 4 Parliamentary Procedures (2 group sessions)
April 5 Legal Updates
April 6
Making Safety YOUR Business: Every Person. Every Action. Every Day. (CCEP)
April 11 Electric Industry Updates webinars
April 12 Director Finance Webinar: Electric Co-op Financial Orientation--Operating Statement
April 13 Retirement Planning Seminar webinar
April 18 Employee Finance Webinar: Margins Analysis

May 9 Employment Law Update (Other)
May 10 HR Professionals Workshop (Other)
May 16 Employee Finance Webinar: Managing Expectations and Understanding Your Leadership Style
May 16–17 Electric Utility Fundamentals for Non-Operations Personnel (Group 1)

June 13–14 Execution of Cooperative Financial Health [for employees]

July 18 Director Finance Webinar: Electric Finance Philosophies

August 1 Indestructible PR Crisis Response Workshop [for directors]
August 2 Energy Issues Summit
August 23 Wisconsin REC Member Services Association Conference
August 24 Communication Power (formerly Electric Communicator's Conference)

September 19    Employee Finance Webinar: Process Improvement

October 12 Director Finance Webinar: Financial Responsibilties as an Electric Co-op Board Member
October 17 Increasing Influence and Building Board Consensus (BLC)
October 17 Know the Rules: Legal Responsibilities and Liabilities for Supervisors (SMDP)
October 18 Boardroom Challenges: Connecting Theory to Action (BLC)
October 18
Communicating to Influence (morning) AND Improve Your Relationships (afternoon) (CCEP)
October 24 Employee Finance Webinar: Revenue Requirements

December 5 Office Support Professional’s Conference
December 6–7 Electric Utility Fundamentals for Non-Operations Personnel (Group 2)
December 7 Director Finance Webinar: Financial Status Correlation to Co-op Culture & Teamwork
December 12 Employee Finance Webinar: Review of Financial-Related Policies




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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