In early June, ECI REC Consumer Services Supervisor Kelly Pohlmann completed the last leg of the Management Essentials Certificate (MEC) program from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). At ECI REC’s July safety meeting, Pohlmann was recognized for her commitment to education and a superior level of service.
Pohlmann shared that Management Essentials Certificate program consisted of a series of four online and four live group sessions. “The program helped me develop key people skills and managerial techniques that I’ve already found to be beneficial in my day-to-day interactions,” said Pohlmann. “I encourage other managers and leaders to complete the program as well.” By developing their one-on-one interpersonal skills, graduates of the MEC program can build an effective team environment, boost job satisfaction, foster better working relationships, and ultimately achieve more productive results through their employees.
The MEC program includes core courses to lay the foundation of the essential skills co-op managers and supervisors need, but also enables participants to tailor parts of the program by selecting from a list of elective courses.
NRECA is the national service organization for more than 900 rural electric utilities that provide electricity to approximately 42 million consumers in 47 states and sell approximately 12% of all electric energy sold in the United States. Most NRECA members are consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.