Cooperative Education Programs

homepagepic81MAC-Ed was created to design and deliver cooperative higher learning and development programs for all co-op stakeholders, in the Midwest.  Programs are created for every level of your organization, including managers, board chairs and directors, financial professionals, emerging leaders, entry-level staff and interns.  Our offerings are driven by and crafted from feedback from a cross-section of our membership, industries and states.  As Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Ph.D., a 2016 Cooperative Hall of Fame Inductee said, “Being involved in a co-op can build leadership development skills, and continuous cooperative education is invaluable for employees, board members and member-owners.”

MAC-Ed operates as a 501c3 funded by pooled resources from grants, sponsorships and member dues.  This model enables MAC-Ed to leverage the strengths and resources of each MACC Member and co-op stakeholder, to provide a distinctive portfolio of programs and services at an affordable rate.

MAC-Ed updates programs annually to insure they are relevant.  We secure content experts from a broad range of industries, to keep programs diverse and applicable to contemporary challenges.  We actively engage our network of professional instructors, consultants and subject matter experts to solve new co-op issues and meet the learning and development needs of each unique member co-op.


Past Comments from Program Attendees:

  1. “The programs I have attended have been well done and a good value, very good speakers.”
  2. “The council is doing a superb job, especially in its workshop services.”
  3. “I believe the Mid America Cooperative Council has great educational programs and services for cooperative businesses.”
  4. “While budgets are tight and everyone only wants to spend money on what helps the business today, I really feel we need to invest more in the future generation of cooperative members and employees.  More middle and high school  programs today will pay huge dividends in the future.”
  5. ” I value the customized training for individual co-ops.”


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