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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces New Training Opportunities for Managers and Supervisors

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Announces New Training Opportunities for Managers and Supervisors

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) has announced an expanded line-up of educational offerings for 2018. Designed to develop industry talent and to help members retain their most valued employees, WCMA’s new offerings span between its Front-Line Supervisor Training program, Learning to Lead management training series, and the Center for Dairy Research’s Certificate in Dairy Processing program.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, WCMA

“Our challenging labor market makes employee educational programming essential,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director, in a press release. “High-quality training programs are proven to increase worker productivity and build loyalty to an employer.”

Launched late last year, WCMA’s Front-Line Supervisor Training program has enjoyed both high demand and enthusiastic reviews from past participants. The core class, now referred to as Part A, is focused on leadership essentials, including decision making and problem solving, and will be offered on January 30 (sold out), February 7 (sold out), and May 2 at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire and September 11 at Madison College.

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Presents New Training Opportunities for Managers and Supervisors

2018 will also see two new, complementary programs, including Front-Line Supervisor Training Part B and Part C. Part B is focused on emotional intelligence, critical thinking, coaching, and performance feedback and will be offered on May 16 and October 9 at Madison College. Part C is focused on personal productivity and managing workplace stress and will be offered on November 6.

All Front-Line Supervisor Training courses are offered at-cost for members, with a tuition of $119 per participant at courses hosted in Madison. The cost per participant at courses offered in other locations, such as Eau Claire, is $149. Materials, instruction, and meals are included for the 22 individuals participating in each session.

Kirsten Strohmenger Henning, as she completes the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research's Certificate in Dairy Processing Course

Spurred by industry requests, WCMA is also launching a program specifically designed for mid-level managers, or employees who are transitioning to such positions. The Learning to Lead management training series will be offered in partnership with Madison College, via three workshops:

  • Critical Thinking and Decision Making-September 18
  • Effective Communications and the Building and Leading of Teams-November 13
  • Effective Delegation, Talent Development, and Situational Leadership-January 9, 2019

Twenty Participants will attend all three sessions as a cohort, and the cost for the entire series, including materials, instruction, and meals, is $475 per participant.

Lastly, WCMA is also proud to continue to support the Center for Dairy Research’s Certificate in Dairy Processing program. Designed by cheesemakers and delivered by world-renowned dairy scientists, the course aims to provide promising plant workers and operators with a clear understanding of all dairy plant processes via interactive webinars, hands-on activities, and mentored projects. Courses will be offered at least twice more in 2018 on May 3 and September 5.

Certificate in Dairy Processing course participants

For more information or to reserve a space in these WCMA training programs, visit, or contact WCMA Communications and Policy Manager Rebekah Sweeney at

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