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Human Resources Associate Degree

Program Code: 101161

Human resource specialists play a respected role in any organization. From small businesses to large corporations, human resource specialists are needed to understand and advise employees and supervisors on the following topics: employment law, training and development of employees, compensation and benefits administration, labor relations, and wellness/safety initiatives. Typical positions in this field include human resources generalist; hiring coordinator; payroll/benefits coordinator; staffing coordinator; labor relations specialist; compensation, benefits, and job analysis specialists; and training and development specialist.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Human Resource Compliance, 611162
• Organizational Safety and Health, 611161
• Employee Benefits, Relations, and Development, 901163

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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.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/getting started.)
• It is recommended that a student have basic computer skills in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint prior to entering the Human Resources program.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019
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Application Checklist

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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
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-103-131 MICRO: EXCEL-INTRODUCTION ...creating a worksheet, enhancing worksheet appearance, moving and copying data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and using clip art. Windows experience improves success; consider 10-103-111, Windows/Computer Basics.
10-105-101 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)
10-196-134 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.
10-196-164 SUPERVISORS-PERSONAL SKILLS ...time management and personal planning, emotional intelligence, effective communication, assertiveness and stress management related to the challenges of a supervisor.
10-196-193 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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 2400; OR Accuplacer Arithmetic score greater/equal to 65 AND Reading score greater/equal to 50; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER
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.
10-116-115 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)
10-196-136 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.
10-801-196 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: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
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: 10-804-134, Mathematical Reasoning)
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. (Prerequisites: 10-105-101, Career Planning; 10-801-136, English Composition 1)
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. (Prerequisites: 10-801-136, English Composition 1; 10-196-193, Human Resource Management)
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 (Prerequisite: 10-103-131, Micro: Excel Intro)
10-809-195 ECONOMICS ...scarcity, resources, alternative economic systems, growth, supply and demand, monetary and fiscal policy, inflation, unemployment, and global economic issues. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER
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.
10-103-132 MICRO: EXCEL-PART 2 ...advanced formatting techniques and functions, working with templates, collaborating with multiple Excel users, creating macros, Excel's database features and analysis tools. (Corequisite: 10-103-131, Micro: Excel-Intro)
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.
10-116-199 HUMAN RESOURCES CAREER EXPERIENCE ...students can select any hands on experience related to: Internship, Field Research, Service Learning, Simulations, Capstone, Industry Related or Study Abroad. Instructor approval required. (Prerequisite: 10-105-103, Career Preparation; 10-116-111, Employee Recruitment/Retention; 10-116-115, Legal Issues & Compliance; 10-116-112, Compensation & Benefits)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
64
Curriculum Note
. 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.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Create an organizational workforce plan.
• Develop training programs.
• Examine organizational total rewards programs.
• Incorporate employment law into business practices.
• Facilitate effective employee relations.

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Accreditation

Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.
ACBSP - World Headquarters
11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213
Phone: (913) 339-9356
www.acbsp.org

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit nwtc.edu/studyabroad.

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