Jon Christensen, operations manager at Whetstone Valley Electric Cooperative, completed an intensive program in electric utility management with the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The program guides rural electric cooperative CEOs and top level managers through all facets of the electric utility industry.
Jon is one of only a few electric utility management staff that will graduate from the Management Internship Program this year.
MIP participants go through three 10-day sessions designed to challenge and educate participants in new, innovative management techniques. Participants leave with a better understanding of what consumers want and how to ensure they get it.
By also covering the unique principles that govern the operations of electric cooperatives, the program helps the co-op analyze other business ventures it may want to enter as well as enhancing the core organization.
Only rural electric cooperative CEOs and top level management participate in the program. This allows greater emphasis of study, on management challenges and the aspects of consumer-ownership that cooperatives enjoy. Participants learn to focus on member value as part of day-to-day decision making.
WVEC General Manager Dave Page said, “We’re very proud of Jon’s accomplishments and completion of the Management Internship Program. He’s already begun applying the knowledge and skills gained from this experience and is bringing new ideas for the future of the cooperative and its members.”
Pictured: Jeffrey Connor, Chief Operations Officer, NRECA; Jon Christensen, Operations Manager, Whetstone Valley Electric; Gary Pfann, Director of Executive & Staff Education, NRECA