Madison—The next round of Front-Line Leadership classes hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) will return here next February.

Classes are specifically designed for new and seasoned supervisors looking to build their skills in conflict resolution, communication, stress and time management, and cultivation of a team mentality.

Sessions are offered a la carte and may be taken in any order. Tuition for each course is $135 per person.

WCMA will again offer these trainings in a hybrid format in 2022, allowing participants to join via Zoom or in-person at the Madison American Center La Quinta Inn & Suites.

• Front-Line Leadership Part A, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 10, will focus on developing essential leadership skills.

• Front-Line Leadership Part B on Thursday, March 17, will provide strategies to help supervisors boost staff performance.

• The spring series concludes with Front-Line Leadership Part C on Thursday, April 7, related to cultivating a team.

All parts of WCMA Front-Line Leadership Training will be offered again in fall 2022, with registration open in June.

WCMA will also offer its unique Next Step Leadership course on Thursday, March 31.

This workshop is open to established leaders who have completed any of WCMA’s leadership trainings.

Each year, Next Step Leadership pairs a review of familiar concepts with fresh materials covering a specific topic.

In 2022, the class will focus on talent retention strategies.

“Research shows a clear link between training and worker retention – and WCMA members know from firsthand experience the value of keeping great employees,” said Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA senior director of programs and policy.

“We’re pleased to offer these opportunities for members to support the professional growth of their workers and encourage them to continue their careers in dairy processing,” Sweeney continued.

WCMA members interested in participating in the spring sessions may register at

Questions can be directed to Rebekah Sweeney at or (608) 386-3012.

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