These programs, with options for new and aspiring supervisors to those already in executive leadership positions, are designed to build competencies needed for highly-effective performance and long-term success at your co-op. Many of our courses may be used to acquire professional education credits to help you achieve individual academic and professional certification goals.
Choose the Program that Is Right for You
[accordion title="Supervisor%20and%20Manager%20Development%20Program%20(SMDP)"]"Front-line managers can have the single largest impact on your organization. A good (or bad) manager affects employee performance and satisfaction, productivity, efficiency and turnover." (HR Professionals Magazine
NRECA’s Supervisor and Manager Development Program (SMDP) is designed to meet the needs of co-op employees who want to develop and enhance their supervisory and management knowledge, skills and abilities in order to become more effective leaders. Strengthening individual supervisory and management skills strengthens the co-op overall.
Whether you are an aspiring, new or experienced supervisor, mid-level manager or a manager moving into upper management, the SMDP offers the variety of courses you need to meet your professional goals and development needs. The courses offered in this program can be taken at Cooperative University or brought onsite to your co-op or statewide association.
Learn more about the Supervisor and Manager Development Program
[accordion title="MIP%20Select"]Modeled after the prestigious 48-year-old Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program, this two-week, competency-based program is ideal for co-op leaders who are interested in an immersive, condensed learning experience in the MIP tradition with a less demanding time commitment.
Held at the Fluno Center for Executive Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, MIP Select is comprised of two one-week segments and focuses on select management issues, including strategy execution and risk, creating cultures of excellence, communication planning, board focus and more.
This program is intended for middle managers or key contributors who want a closer look at the cooperative utility business beyond their functional expertise. Transitioning senior leaders who need a more holistic and strategic view of the industry will also benefit from this immersion program.
Learn more about the MIP Select: Intensive 2-Week Program
[accordion title="Robert%20I.%20Kabat%20Management%20Internship%20Program%20(MIP)"]MIP is an intensive six-week program broken into three two-week units that focus on different management issues. The program provides comprehensive analysis of the functions and processes of cooperative management, including cooperative and industry legal issues, government relations, grassroots advocacy, process analysis and redesign, and performance management and compensation. More importantly, it emphasizes practical applications of competencies in these areas.
The Management Internship Program Certificate is earned by completing all three units and completing and presenting the results of a personal project that applies some of the MIP classroom experience to issues at your cooperative.
MIP is held in the Fluno Center for Executive Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. New general managers and CEOs, vice presidents, directors or managers from operations, administration, marketing, IT, finance, customer service and engineering are encouraged to attend.
Learn more about the Management Internship Program (MIP)
Education and Skills Assessments
To help you identify strengths, skill gaps and NRECA education programs that could help you meet your learning needs, we’ve developed two online assessments—one to assess the leadership skills of co-op staff and one to assess board directors’ knowledge of governance and industry issues.
With an average of more than 20 years of co-op experience each, our instructors have what it takes to guide you down a learning path designed to enhance your leadership and management skills, positioning you to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges as they come.