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NEW IN 2020! Cooperative Career Essentials Program (CCEP)

NRECA is pleased to announce a new learning portfolio designed to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities every co-op employee, regardless of role or tenure, needs to best serve their co-op and members.

Within the next five years, 50% of electric cooperative CEOs and 25% of employees will be eligible to retire. The Cooperative Career Essentials Program (CCEP) meets the needs of a changing workforce by addressing the core competencies in the Electric Cooperative Competency Model. It's important to recognize the vital role core competencies play within yourself, your team and your organization.

The core competencies addressed in the CCEP are:

  • Business Acumen
    Integrates business, organizational and industry knowledge to one’s own job performance.
  • Personal Effectiveness
    Demonstrates a professional presence and a commitment to effective job performance.
  • Resourcefulness and Accountability
    Takes responsibility for accomplishing work objectives and delivering business results.

In 2019 alone, more than 8,000 individuals joined the electric cooperative workforce—many new to the workforce entirely—hired for specific job roles requiring specific skill sets. These are referred to as hard skills. But every job role requires another set of skills—soft skills. They are often overlooked but play an important role in day-to-day cooperative business operations. These skills are so essential, leading business guru Seth Godin urged his blog readers to refer to them differently: “Let’s Stop Calling Them Soft Skills.

Hard skills are teachable and measurable abilities, such as writing, reading, negotiating or the ability to use technology. By contrast, soft skills are the traits that make you a good employee, such as communication and listening, adaptability, initiative and getting along with other people. Both hard skills and soft skills are needed to be successful in the workplace.

Welcome to the CCEP learning portfolio.

Who should attend?

CCEP courses are intended for EVERY cooperative employee, regardless of job role or tenure, who wants to enhance their knowledge and skills.

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Curriculum

Below is the list of core competencies and courses currently available. This is a new program—we will continue to add to these offerings. Mix and match from these courses to create a learning path that’s right for you.

Note: all courses equal one credit unless otherwise stated. Courses are subject to change.

Cooperative Career Essentials Program: Course and Competency Alignment

Course


Competency

Business
Acumen

Interactions With Others

Resourcefulness and Accountability


5101.1 Cooperative Finance and Accounting for the Non-Accountant (previously course PD255 and 655)

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5115.2 Technology Planning and Decision Making: Enhancing Core Competencies Across the Cooperative Organization—2 days (previously course 781.2)

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X

X

5201.1 Accountability: What Do You Say? What Do You Do?

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X

5205.1 Making Safety YOUR Business: Every Person. Every Action. Every Day.

X
X
X

5301.1 Customer Service Essentials

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X
5302.1 Know Yourself: Communicating With Awareness
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X

5303.2 Effective Listening: Skills for Dialogue (Coming later in 2020!)
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X
5304.2 When Sparks Fly: Transforming Conflict—1.5 days
X
X

5305.1 Powerful Presentations Made Easy
X
X

5401.1 Honoring Our Common Differences: Reflective Actions for Inclusivity (Coming later in 2020!)

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X

Competency Alignment

Learn more about Core Competencies and see how CCEP courses align with NRECA's Electric Cooperative Employee Competencies.

Where to Take CCEP Courses

CCEP courses are held at Cooperative University (offered twice a year at different U.S. locations each year), may be held as pre- or post-conference workshops in conjunction with NRECA conferences or we can bring this training onsite to your co-op, statewide or G&T. Some courses will be available online in the future.

To learn how you can bring this program or any of these courses to your co-op, contact:

Brianne McIntyre
703-907-5619
brianne.mcintyre@nreca.coop


Looking to Earn Credit

NRECA supplies documentation of continuing education contact hours to assist those who have professional certifications to meet their requirements. See our Continuing Education or Recertification Credits page for more details.

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Need to know what courses you’ve taken? Check online or contact: Angie Hylton at angie.hylton@nreca.coop or 703-907-5656.

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