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From Walter Center: Human Resources Certificate Program Creates Opportunities for Students

Tuesday, November 5 2019 01:10pm

Interested in Human Resources? The Walter Center for Strategic Leadership provides a Human Resources (HR) Management certificate to compliment any major.

The HR Certificate Program hosted their “Explore HR” event this past Monday and Tuesday to attract new students into the HR certificate and promote the countless opportunities within the program. Each session featured a panel of HR Certificate students, who spoke on their internship experiences within the field of Human Resources. The program director, Tammy Reynolds, also explained the requirements of the certificate program to prospective students looking to apply.

Current student members spoke about their experiences in the HR Certificate Program and places they have interned at:

Lauren Wisner – Junior – Interned with Owen’s Corning in Compton, California: Interned within a manufacturing plant, where she worked on projects that included staffing optimization and performed qualification matrixes to rank employees in the plant. Her contribution to this project was credited with saving the company 40% of their overtime spending budget.

Brie Abell – Senior – Interned with Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in Columbus, Ohio: Worked closely with the HR Specialist on staff and fully developed a new on-boarding handbook for incoming interns and employees. Brie has also accepted a full-time position with Citrin, a valet parking company based in Columbus.

Sarah Cramer – Senior – Interned with Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Findlay, Ohio: Responsibilities included developing a vacation policy for employees, and she was heavily focused on the talent management side of HR. This allowed her to travel to different universities across Ohio to meet with students interested in the company.

Kirsten Gill – Senior – Interned with Key Bank in Cleveland, Ohio: Worked on developing learning solutions and curriculums to assist in training effectiveness. Her work with performance management included the refinement of the Workday Performance Management software, which was used to drive employee engagement.

“The student panel opened my eyes to the possibility of HR roles across a variety of industries. I was drawn to hearing each one of the panelists specific internship experiences and the challenges that came with them. More importantly, I was drawn to the fact that students like me were able to make a difference and have an impact in the organizations they were a part of.” - Olivia Madden, sophomore business student.

The HR Certificate Program is continuously growing and program alumni have landed jobs at Whirlpool, Visa, Marathon, Cardinal Health, Scotts Miracle-Gro and more. This program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain a set of experiences that will ultimately make them more marketable to employers. There is a wide range of employers interested in hiring through this program, and the directors are dedicated to placing students into exceptional HR roles.

Students looking to learn more and apply for the HR certificate can visit the Human Resources Managment certificate webpage. Students from both within and outside the College of Business are welcome to apply. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.