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Overview

 

The Cooperative Career Essentials Program (CCEP) is a 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 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.

  • Interactions With Others
    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.


Testimonials

Read what the first 5-credit CCEP certificate holders have to say about the program.

“I originally decided to pursue earning a certificate to improve on some of my soft skills. Now that more and more courses are becoming available, I'm looking at taking it further to expand on more of my technical skills. Thanks to NRECA for offering a certificate program geared towards administrative and executive professionals! We never stop learning."

- Jenifer Shimpach, Steele-Waseca Cooperative Electric

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Curriculum

Below is the list of core competencies and courses currently available. Mix and match from these courses to create a learning path that’s right for you.

All courses equal one credit unless otherwise stated. Courses are subject to change.


Cooperative Career Essentials Program:
Course and Competency Alignment

Course
Name


Competency

Business
Acumen

Interactions
With
Others

Resourcefulness
and
Accountability

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

Also online.

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5104.05 Electric Cooperative Fundamentals - Online

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5105.05 Electric System Fundamentals - Online

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X

5110.1 Fundamentals of Business Writing - Online

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X

X

5112.05 The Data-Driven Electric Co-op: Using Analytics to Make Better Decisions - Online (Coming in early 2021)

X

X

5201.1 Creating a Culture of Accountability
Also online.


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X

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

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X

X

5301.1 Customer Service Essentials

Also online.

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X

X

5302.1 Strengthening Emotional Intelligence
Also online.

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X

5304.1 When Sparks Fly: Transforming Conflict
Also online.

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X

5305.1 Powerful Presentations Made Easy


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X

(5306.05) Communicating to Influence: Gain Support That Gets Results
X
X
(5307.05) Dealing With Difficult People
X
X
5401.1 Honoring Our Common Differences: Leadership for Inclusivity
Also online.
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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.


Competency Assessment

Take the Core Competency Self-Assessment to see what professional competencies you need to develop for workplace success.


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
Coco Hemenway
703-907-5619
571-319-7397

brianne.mcintyre@nreca.coop

collette.hemenway@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.


View Your Course Record

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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