Trainings

WCMA recognizes the importance of employee training programs for workforce development and retention.
Each year, our Association offers more educational opportunities than ever  before, and we invite you to participate!
Here's a look at our 2020 offerings.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to current public health concerns and the pressing workforce needs of our members, WCMA is postponing ALL scheduled March and April leadership trainings.  This includes Front-Line Leadership Trainings set for March 17 (previously messaged), March 31, April 8 and a Next Level Leadership Training set for April 22. We hope to reschedule these trainings in late May and early June, and will be in touch by April 15 with an action plan.  Thank you for your understanding and engagement.

WCMA Next Step Leadership *New*

This brand-new course is open to established leaders and encouraged for those member employees who have completed any of WCMA’s previous leadership course offerings. While a refresher on essential skills will always be a part of this course’s curriculum, it will offer new concepts each year. In 2020, the focus is on strategies for inclusion and diversity.

Tuition costs just $135 per person with materials, instruction, and meals included, and is limited to 22 individuals.

WCMA Advanced Leadership Series

Spurred by industry requests and refreshed for 2020, WCMA is offering an educational series specifically designed for mid-level managers, or employees transitioning to such positions.  The Advanced Leadership Series will be offered via three workshops, focused on the following topics:

  • Taking Initiative and Driving Positive Change | September 22, 2020
  • Creative and Collaborative Problem Solving | November 11, 2020
  • Resolving Work Place Conflict | January 6, 2021

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.

The series also features guest speakers from industry, talking about their leadership successes and challenges, and requires participants to complete projects that implement their new knowledge.

Past participants give the course a cumulative rating of 9.6/10. 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 $495 per participant. Enrollment is limited to 20 individuals. 

WCMA Front-Line Leadership Training

WCMA has opened registration for its popular Front-Line Leadership Trainings, refreshed for 2020. The classes are high-quality, low cost opportunities for industry employers not only to train, but also to retain their most valued workers.

WCMA will offer Front-Line Leadership Training-Part A, focused on exploring the essential skills for supervisors, on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Herzing University in Madison, Wisconsin.

WCMA will offer Front-Line Leadership Training-Part B centers on positively impacting staff performance will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Herzing University in Madison, Wisconsin.

WCMA will offer Front-Line Leadership Training-Part C, which breaks down the key ingredients for cultivating a team, on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Herzing University in Madison, Wisconsin.

Note that classes – particularly those offered in Madison –   sell out quickly, as they are capped at 22 participants. The classes that make up WCMA’s Front-Line Leadership Training are offered à la carte, and can be taken in any order. Tuition costs just $135 per participant for courses hosted in Madison, and $159 for courses offered in other locations (most commonly, Eau Claire).  Materials, instruction, and meals are included.

Questions regarding WCMA trainings may be directed to Communications, Education, and Policy Director Rebekah Sweeney.