The popular Front-Line Leadership Training for dairy industry team leaders returns with three virtual modules in the spring of 2021. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), Madison, Wis., opened online registration this week.

“Today’s front-line teams face pressure to reach increased productivity goals amid key challenges such as labor shortages and ever-changing safety protocols,” said Rebekah Sweeney, WCMA communications, education and policy director. “Never have strong leaders been more essential in dairy processing plants — and WCMA is proud to deliver training to support and develop your most valued staff.”

WCMA said that all Front-Line Leadership Trainings will be offered online in spring 2021 via a digital platform facilitating small group and partner discussions, interactive polling features and participant chat.

“While we look forward to getting back to a classroom, we’ve found great success in engaging with members’ employees online. Participants in our fall trainings, which were offered remotely, reported high satisfaction rates — giving the classes a score of nearly 10 out of 10,” said Sweeney.

WCMA Front-Line Leadership Training — Part A, which offers a self-assessment on essential leadership skills and practical methods for improvement, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Part B is set for Thursday, March 18, and will focus on ways to positively assess and impact staff performance. Part C will focus on how to build a team and will be held Thursday, April 15, WCMA said.

Classes are limited to 22 participants. They are offered à la carte and may be taken in any order. Tuition for each course is $135 per person. Learn more or register at