Cuivre River Electric Cooperative’s (CREC) Board President Diane Saale and Board Director Dale Anderson recently earned NRECA’s Director Gold credential certification, the highest level of achievement in NRECA’s Board Director Certificate Programs, and were presented with certificates at CREC’s July board meeting.
“The commitment of time spent to earn these credentials speaks volumes about our board directors’ dedication to serving CREC,” said Doug Tracy, CREC general manager/CEO. “As entrusted elected officials, as well as being co-op members themselves, they understand the value of this kind of education and how it contributes to acting in the best interest of their fellow members. We couldn’t be prouder of their achievement and continuing service to our cooperative.”
NRECA’s Board Director Certificate Programs are specifically designed to help electric cooperative directors, at every stage of their service, understand their roles and responsibilities, stay up-to-date on the key issues and trends in the industry and prepare them to meet the challenges facing electric cooperatives now and in the future. NRECA offers director education courses throughout the year in conjunction with a variety of NRECA educational conferences and events across the country, in partnership with statewide associations and onsite at individual cooperatives.
For a director to earn the Director Gold credential, they must have already earned the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate (CCD) and Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) and earn three additional credits from the BLC series of courses. Unlike the CCD and BLC certificates, Director Gold includes a continuing education requirement which calls for directors to earn three credits of approved course work and or conferences every two years to maintain their Director Gold status. Earning the CCD consists of completing five courses that provide knowledge and skills required of co-op directors. The BLC is earned through a series of courses focusing in greater depth on specific industry and governance issues; ten are required, as well as having the CCD credential.
In addition to Saale’s and Anderson’s credentials, other CREC board members have also earned certificates through NRECA’s programs: Board Director Troy Galloway holds both the CCD and BLC, and Board Directors Mick Burkemper, Mark Schulte and Walt Gregory hold the CCD certificate.