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Human Resources Program Code 101161

Associate Degree

Offered throughout the District. For information in Green Bay: (920) 498-5444. For information in Marinette: (715) 735-9361. For information in Sturgeon Bay: (920) 746-4900. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

The Human Resources Associate Degree program prepares the learner for success in the dynamic work environments of: employment law, training and development of employees, compensation and benefits administration, labor relations supporting bargaining agreements, and wellness and safety initiatives.

Employment Potential

Human Resources Generalist

Hiring Coordinator

Payroll/Benefits Coordinator

Staffing Coordinator

Labor Relations Specialist

Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

Training and Development Specialist

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may also find employment as a Human Resource Manager.

The following certificates/technical diplomas may be applied toward this program:

. 901161, Human Resource Compliance Certificate
. 901162, Organizational Safety and Health Certificate
. 901163, Employee Benefits, Relations, and Development Certificate

Program Outcomes

. Define and describe the functions of human resource management and employee relations to include policies, complaints, and harassment issues.
. Administer human resource functions through technology and human resource information systems (HRIS).
. Develop and prepare reports necessary to carry out the functions of the human resource department.
. Provide assistance for the recruitment and retention of employees.
. Manage the interpretation and application of established human resource policies.
. Develop and evaluate effective training programs.
. Utilize a variety of compensation and benefit criteria.
. Utilize ethical and legal standards in human resource decision making.

Requirements for Program Entry

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/getting started.)
. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. It is recommended that a student have basic computer skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint prior to entering the Human Resources program.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Human Resources associate degree in the number of semesters shown. For alternate study plans, refer to the information in the Related Links area at the right of this page.

FIRST SEMESTER

10-101-106 Accounting-for Non-Accountants
3
10-105-102 Career Planning
2
10-196-164 Supervisors-Personal Skills
3
10-196-193 Human Resource Mgmt
3
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
10-804-123 Math w Business Apps
3
* 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER

10-116-110 Organizational Health/Wellness
3
10-196-134 Legal Issues-Supervisors
3
10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-198 Speech
3
10-809-197 Contemporary Amer Society
3
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER

10-101-184 Business Finance/Budgeting
3
10-105-103 Career Preparation
1
10-116-111 Employee Recruitment/Retention
3
10-116-112 Compensation/Benefits Admin
3
10-196-136 Safety-Workplace
3
10-809-195 Economics
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER

10-101-190 Accounting-QuickBooks
1
10-116-113 Labor Relations & Negotiations
3
10-116-114 Training for Organizations
3
10-116-115 Legal Issues & Compliance-Adv
3
10-116-199 Human Res Career Experience
2
10-196-169 Diversity in the Workplace
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
15

TOTAL CREDITS
67

Curriculum Note
*The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.
. Many courses in this program are offered in a variety of formats such as accelerated, online, in person or video conference.
. Most credits from this degree can be transferred to some four-year colleges for learners interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-101-106 ACCOUNTING-FOR NON-ACCOUNTANTS ...teaching non-accountants to read, analyze, and interpret financial information for making informed business decisions. This class de-emphasizes the use of debits, credits, journal entries and other accounting procedures.

10-101-184 BUSINESS FINANCE/BUDGETING ...fiscal and monetary aspects of business. Each learner will demonstrate application of business types, cycles, forecasting, budgeting, expense control, and financial statement interpretation relevant to the supervisor as a non-accountant. (Prerequisite: 10-804-123, Math w/ Business Apps)

10-101-190 ACCOUNTING-QUICKBOOKS ...an introductory course in using QuickBooks to create vendor/employee accounts, invoices, budgets, profit/loss statements, balance sheets, A/R, A/P, journals, graphs.

10-105-102 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)

10-105-103 CAREER PREPARATION ...create professional resume and cover letter, prepare for interviews, understand interviewing techniques, participate in a mock interview. Submission of experiential learning proposal. (Prerequisite: 10-105-102, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)

10-116-110 ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ...introduces the student to the concepts involved in organizational wellness programs and the impact from a financial and human asset standpoint. Learners will research wellness programs, develop proposed systems for district-based organizations, and calculate projected cost savings from the implementation of these programs. Insurance principles will also be examined by the learner.

10-116-111 EMPLOYEE RECRUITMENT/RETENTION ...applies the skills and tools necessary to hire and retain qualified employees. Legal issues, testing, screening, interviewing, selecting and negotiating techniques will be demonstrated and assessed for each learner. (Prerequisite: 10-801-136, English Composition 1)

10-116-112 COMPENSATION/BENEFITS ADMIN ...applies the skills and tools necessary to design, implement and manage a compensation and benefits program as a tool for recruitment, retention and performance management of employees.

10-116-113 LABOR RELATIONS & NEGOTIATIONS ...introduces the participant to the history of the labor movement and includes the legal collective bargaining processes while applying the learned skills with case studies, a mock negotiation of a realistic collective bargaining contract, and the simulation of a grievance arbitration.

10-116-114 TRAINING FOR ORGANIZATIONS ...applies the skills and tools necessary to implement the training cycle of assessment, design, implementation and evaluation. Each learner will develop and present a complete training project based upon adult learning theory and instructional design techniques.

10-116-115 LEGAL ISSUES & COMPLIANCE-ADV ...advanced legal issues compliance and recordkeeping; detailed overview and analysis of major employment laws. Learners will analyze and practice recordkeeping and compliance with the laws in the workplace such as FMLA, ADA, EEOC, OSHA, and other current relevant employment laws. (Pre-requisite: 10-196-134, Legal Issues-Supervisors)

10-116-199 HUMAN RESOURCES CAREER EXPERIENCE ...practical hands-on experience applying skills developed in the program at an approved site with supervision by an employer and the instructor with related projects and discussion. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-804-123, Math w Business Apps; 10-105-103, Career Preparation)

10-196-134 LEGAL ISSUES-SUPERVISORS ...legal practices of recruiting, interviewing, hiring, selection, evaluation/promotion, employee discipline, firing, EEOC and nondiscrimination, employee privacy, workplace harassment, FMLA, ADA and unions.

10-196-136 SAFETY-WORKPLACE ...safety awareness, federal/state/local compliance, inspections, risk analysis, workplace violence, substance abuse, health hazards, first aid, CPR, fire and electrical safety, and emergency preparedness.

10-196-164 SUPERVISORS-PERSONAL SKILLS ...time management and personal planning, emotional intelligence, effective communication, assertiveness and stress management related to the challenges of a supervisor.

10-196-169 DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE ...analyze the effect of perceptions, attitudes, biases, and organization culture on diversity, dealing with barriers, measuring progress, and celebrating success.

10-196-193 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ...impacts of EEOC, writing job descriptions, recruitment, selection, conducting job interviews, orientation, developing policies and procedures, training, performance, counseling and development, and compensation and benefit strategies.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS ...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer-Arithmetic score=65 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer-Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-198 SPEECH ...fundamentals of effective oral presentation to small and large groups: topic selection, audience analysis, methods of organization, research, structuring evidence and support, delivery techniques, and the listening process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.