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PDPW Establishes New Cornerstone Dairy Academy
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/02/2014

The Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin is creating a new training program this year that aims to foster the development of soft skills needed in a dairy-related career. Applications are now being accepted for the first-ever Cornerstone Dairy Academy, which will be held in conjunction with the PDPW Business Conference in March.

Coordinators say the CDA is intended for early-career professionals, students pursuing dairy-related careers in college and technical college, and individuals wanting to retool because they are at a crossroads in their dairy careers. Soft skills refer to the suite of traits related to personality, social skills, communication abilities and attitudes.

"The future of the dairy industry depends on its ability to attract, develop and retain qualified people," says PDPW Director Shelly Mayer. "The combination of technical and soft skills is the foundation for a successful career. With Cornerstone Dairy Academy, PDPW is offering a soft skills business training not found anywhere else at this time."

The first Cornerstone Dairy Academy will be a two-day program beginning March 11, leading into the 2014 PDPW Business Conference at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The first day will be devoted to training, including teamwork skills, communicating with different personality and leadership styles, workplace habits, business etiquette and professionalism. Day two will incorporate sessions at the PDPW conference, using the professional and networking skills developed on day one.

A diverse group of 30 applicants will be selected to create a quality learning experience. Mayer says age is not a consideration for selection. Employers may wish to urge employees to apply.

For more information or to register, call the PDPW at 800-947-7379 or go to:

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