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Professional development

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Maximum potential

Associated strongly believes in helping employees meet their maximum potential in their current role while also preparing for future roles within the organization. Many career resources are available to help our employees continue to grow and develop their skills. Specific programs can be selected based on individual needs, and employees are encouraged to continue to develop their interpersonal, technical and leadership skills.

Professional development encompasses the following areas:

Educational assistance

Educational assistance is available to all employees who are interested in working toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. Associated Electric will reimburse for tuition, books and other required course-related fees for approved courses.


As an Associated Electric employee, you are encouraged to build mentoring partnerships with others in the organization (or outside the organization) with whom you can share developmental advice, knowledge, and experience.

Individual development plan

The purpose of the IDP is for the employee to chart a career path by identifying new knowledge, skills, and abilities to pursue, as well as learning activities needed to reach the established goals. The IDP is intended to help the employee and supervisor with the performance appraisal process, training needs analysis, and career development planning.

Seminars and conferences

In addition to the internal resources AECI makes available to employees, the company supports outside activities such as seminars, workshops, additional training related to an employee’s profession.

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The tuition reimbursement program is an incredible benefit. I probably never would have gone back to get my master’s on my own. The industry is fascinating right now, and with Associated’s commitment to developing people, it is really exciting.

Meredith Roberts, controller

Associated serves a three-tiered system

Members – those families, business owners and industries at the end of their local co-op’s distribution lines – are what we’re all about. Those members drive this three-tiered system of cooperatives.