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Educational Opportunities and Training Programs

WCMA recognizes the importance of employee training programs for workforce development and retention.  In 2018, our Association will offer more educational opportunities than ever before, and we invite you to participate in these programs.

WCMA Learning to Lead Series

Spurred by industry requests, WCMA is now offering a training program specifically designed for mid-level managers, or employees who are transitioning to such positions.

The Learning to Lead management training series will be offered in partnership with Madison College, via three workshops, focused on the following topics:

  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making for Managers
    September 18, 2018
    8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Effective Communications and the Building and Leading of Teams
    November 13, 2018
    8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Delegation, Talent Development, and Situational Leadership
    January 9, 2019
    8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Learning to Lead emphasizes organizational performance and how to holistically strengthen workplace performance. Participants will be asked to complete application projects between each workshop offering.

All courses will be delivered by energetic and interactive instructors, highly recommended by past participants in WCMA training programs.

Those enrolling in the program would participate in all three sessions as a cohort; the cost for the entire series, including materials, instruction, and meals, is $475 per participant. Enrollment is limited to 20 individuals.

For more information on course curriculum, dates, location, and to register, click on the button to the right or contact WCMA Communications, Education, and Policy Director Rebekah Sweeney.

Launched in the fall of 2017, WCMA’s Front-Line Supervisor Training program has enjoyed both high demand and enthusiastic reviews from past participants.

The core class, now referred to as Part A, is focused on leadership essentials, including decision making and problem solving.

Two new, complementary programs also will be offered in 2018. Front-Line Supervisor Training Part B is focused on emotional intelligence, critical thinking, coaching, and performance feedback. Part C aims to provide techniques to boost personal productivity and manage workplace stress.

All Front-Line Supervisor Training courses are offered at-cost for members, with a tuition of $119 per participant at courses hosted in Madison. The cost per participant at courses offered in other locations, such as Eau Claire, is $149.  Materials, instruction, and meals are included. Course participation is limited to 22 individuals per session.

For more information on course curriculum, locations, and to register, click on the buttons below, or contact WCMA Communications, Education, and Policy Director Rebekah Sweeney.


Certificate in Dairy Processing Course

WCMA is proud to continue to support the Center for Dairy Research’s Certificate in Dairy Processing program. Designed by cheesemakers and delivered by world-renowned dairy scientists, the course aims to provide promising plant workers and operators with a clear understanding of all dairy plant processes via interactive webinars, hands-on activities, and mentored projects.

Look for course offerings coming in early 2019!