CALS teams with industry to help dairy professionals hone their management skills

CALS is collaborating with the state’s dairy industry and the School of Business to provide managers and supervisors in dairy and related industries with world-class management skills training. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association has announced the launch of the Management Skills Program for Dairy Professionals, a series of four, two-day training sessions held at the Fluno Center for Executive Education in Madison. Dairy manufacturers, dairy industry suppliers and dairy producers are invited to send personnel to earn a “Management Skills Certificate” from the Wisconsin School of Business.The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association Board of Directors recognized the need for management and leadership training for plant managers and supervisors that have risen through the ranks of industry without formal training, according to John Umhoefer, executive director of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA). “Our organization has turned to the internationally-recognized programs at the Wisconsin School of Business to develop the management abilities of key staff in the dairy industry,” Umhoefer said.

The program begins July 28-29, 2009 with the first training module entitled “Leadership/Management Mindedness & Performance Management.” The remaining three modules are set for November 17-18 (Team Building; Problem Solving and Decision-Making Skills), January 26-27, 2010 (Interpersonal Communication; Emotional Intelligence and Conflict Resolution) and March 31-April 1, 2010 (Dairy Business Acumen: Basic Finance, Sales and Marketing in Dairy).