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 2019/2020 offerings.

WCMA Learning to Lead

Spurred by industry requests, WCMA is now offering an educational series specifically designed for mid-level managers, or employees 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 17, 2019
  • Effective Communications and the Building and Leading of Teams | November 5, 2019
  • Delegation, Talent Development, and Situational Leadership | January 14, 2020

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 are delivered by energetic and interactive instructors - along with this session's special guest speakers:
  • Industry consultant Mark Schleitwiler, formerly of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery-Wohlt Cheese, BelGioioso Cheese, and Churny Company
  • Specialty Cheese Company President Paul Scharfman
Past participants give the course a cumulative rating of 9.6/10. Learn more from the students in this video.

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 Supervisor Training

WCMA has opened registration for its popular Front-Line Supervisor Trainings set for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020.  The classes, offered in partnership with Madison College, 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 Supervisor Training-Part A, focused on leadership essentials, including decision making and problem solving in two locations: at Madison College in Madison on Tuesday, October 22, 2019.

Front-Line Supervisor Training-Part B, which explores the impact of emotional intelligence, coaching, and performance feedback, will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, at Madison College.WCMA will offer Front-Line Supervisor Training-Part C, focused on personal productivity and managing workplace stress at Madison College on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. WCMA will also offer Front-Line Supervisor Training-Part A, focused on leadership essentials, including decision making and problem solving in Eau Claire, at the Chippewa Valley Technical College-Gateway Campus, on March 31, 2020.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 Supervisor Training are offered à la carte, and can be taken in any order.  Tuition costs just $129 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.