What Programs Do You Offer?
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employee-competencies.png​​NRECA's competency-based education programs and events are designed to target content and skills practice that are relevant and transferrable to the workplace. We offer a wide range of co-op specific programs across a variety of topic areas. We’ve organized our lea​rning offerings into 12 distinct categories.

  • ​Advocacy and Grassroots
  • Communications, Marketing and Member Services
  • Co-op Administration, Finance, HR and Strategy
  • Director Education
  • General Electric Co-op Industry
  • Governance
  • Leadership, Management and Supervision
  • Legislative, Regulatory and Legal
  • Operations and Engineering
  • Safety and Loss Control
  • ​Technology​​​

NOTE: Numbers following some course titles indicate individual course numbers.

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Advocacy and Grassroots
  • Conferences & Meetings
    • Courses
      • Certificates
        Communications, Marketing and Member Services
        • Conferences & Meetings
          • Courses
            • Certificates
              Co-op Administration and Strategy
              • Conferences & Meetings
                • Courses
                  • Certificates
                    Director Education
                    • Conferences & Meetings
                      • Courses
                        • Certificates
                          Distributed Energy Resources and Power Supply
                          • Conferences & Meetings
                            • Courses
                              • Certificates
                                General Electric Co-op Industry
                                • Conferences & Meetings
                                  • Courses
                                    • Certificates
                                      Governance
                                      • Conferences & Meetings
                                        • Courses
                                          • Certificates
                                            Leadership, Management and Supervision
                                            • Conferences & Meetings
                                              • Courses
                                                • Certificates
                                                  Operations and Engineering
                                                  • Conferences & Meetings
                                                    • Courses
                                                      • Certificates
                                                        Safety and Loss Control
                                                        • Conferences & Meetings
                                                          • Courses
                                                            • Certificates
                                                              Technology
                                                              • Conferences & Meetings
                                                                • Courses
                                                                  • Certificates

                                                                    Where Can I Take These Courses?

                                                                    In addition to our face-to-face conferences and meetings (most offered annually), we offer a wide range of courses and programs that can be experienced in a variety of different venues.

                                                                    1. At Your Statewide, G&T or Co-op

                                                                      You can arrange for NRECA to present our director and employee courses at your co-op. Onsite training gives you the opportunity to provide education programs for more of your directors and employees than you could by sending them to distant locations for training. It also allows for continuity of learning as your directors and employees learn as a cohort and can work together to apply their learning back in the boardroom or workplace.

                                                                      To learn more about bringing courses to your cooperative, visit our Courses page and choose “onsite” as the “Type” of course you are looking for. All onsite courses will have an [onsite icon] next to the course title listed on the Courses page.

                                                                      Additionally, you may find that one or more neighboring co-ops would like to join you to share costs and provide training at a mutually convenient location. We also deliver these courses at statewide associations across the country. Visit your statewide’s website or contact your statewide training coordinator to learn what training opportunities they have available for you.

                                                                      To learn how to arrange NRECA training at your co-op, G&T or for statewide training opportunities, please contact the NRECA education specialist dedicated to your region:

                                                                      For Regions 3,5,7,8, and 10
                                                                      Janet Bowers
                                                                      703-907-5622
                                                                      janet.bowers@nreca.coop
                                                                      For Regions 1,2,4,6, and 9
                                                                      Brianne Lane
                                                                      703-907-5619
                                                                      brianne.lane@nreca.coop
                                                                    2. Cooperative University

                                                                      Cooperative University (Co-op U®) offers co-op employees multiple learning opportunities over a five-day period, in a centralized location. Co-op U is composed of several fast-track certificate programs, where staff can take the courses needed to meet a certificate requirement. In addition, Co-op U offers a range of individual courses in specific subject areas such as project management, accounting for non-accountants, workplace law update and technology planning. Co-op U is offered annually at different locations each year.

                                                                    3. Summer School and Winter School for Co-op Directors

                                                                      NRECA offers several programs throughout the year that provide co-op directors with the essential knowledge and skills they need to fulfill their duties and responsibilities. Our Summer School and Winter School programs offer directors access to the Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) and Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) courses as well as opportunities to fulfill Director Gold continuing education requirements. These programs also allow directors to network and share solutions with fellow directors from co-ops across the country.

                                                                    4. Pre-Conference and Meeting Workshops

                                                                      Many of our conferences and meetings offer half, one- or two-day workshops before they begin. These optional programs are designed to give participants a chance to take a deep dive into the subject matter covered. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge, skills and resources that can be put immediately to work in your organization. For more information about pre-conference and meeting workshops, visit the Conferences and Meetings page.

                                                                    5. Fluno Center for Executive Education

                                                                      Several of our programs are held at the Fluno Center for Executive Education, a state of the art facility built specifically for adult education, on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The facility includes lodging, a dining room, classrooms and even a study pub. View all of the programs we offer at the Fluno Center here.

                                                                      Contact: Gary Pfann, gary.pfann@nreca.coop or Perron Nicholas, perron.nicholas@nreca.coop

                                                                    6. Web-based Learning

                                                                      We offer a host of learning opportunities than can be taken from the comfort of your desk, in a conference room and even at home. Read more below and view our Web-based Learning page for full details.

                                                                      Webinars
                                                                      Throughout the year NRECA, and its partners, offers a variety of web-based events on a range of topics including benefits, communications, legislative, regulatory, compliance, business and technology, including energy efficiency and distributed energy resources. You'll hear from experts in the field and have an opportunity to ask questions. Recorded and archived on Cooperative.com, our web-based events enable participants to gather new insight and solutions to real co-op issues.

                                                                      Online Courses
                                                                      From management courses and introductory courses for newcomers to the electric cooperative industry to courses on distributed generation and safety, our online courses are a convenient way to get the training you need without the cost of travel. On-demand courses allow participants to work at their own pace. Instructor-led online courses are held during specific times throughout the year.

                                                                    Planning Tools

                                                                    Download these resources to help you plan your co-op’s professional development strategy for 2018:

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                                                                    2018 Planning Calendar

                                                                    • Download this calendar to plot your participation in upcoming conferences and meetings.