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WCMA Announces New Training Programs for Supervisors and Managers

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) today announced an expanded line-up of educational offerings for 2018, designed to develop industry talent and to help members retain their most valued employees.

“Our challenging labor market makes employee educational programming essential,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director. “High-quality training programs are proven to increase worker productivity and build loyalty to an employer.”

Front-Line Supervisor Training

Launched late last year, 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. It will be offered again on January 30 (sold out), February 7 (sold out), May 2 at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, and September 11 at Madison College.

Two new, complementary programs also will be offered in 2018. Front-Line Supervisor Training Part B, focused on emotional intelligence, critical thinking, coaching, and performance feedback will be offered on May 16 and October 9 at Madison College. Part C, focused on personal productivity and managing workplace stress, will be offered on November 6.

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.

Learning to Lead Series

Spurred by industry requests, WCMA is launching a 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. The “Critical Thinking and Decision Making” session is set for September 18. “Effective Communications and the Building and Leading of Teams” will be held November 13, and a session entitled “Effective Delegation, Talent Development, and Situational Leadership” is set for January 9, 2019. 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.

Certificate in Dairy Processing Course

WCMA is also 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. Courses will be offered at least twice more in 2018, beginning May 3 and September 5.

For more information or to reserve a space in these WCMA training programs, click here. You may also contact WCMA Communications and Policy Manager Rebekah Sweeney at rsweeney@wischeesemakers.org or 608-286-1001.