Polk State Introduces Human Resource Management Diploma Concentration and Certification

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Polk State College is launching two opportunities for individuals seeking education and training in human resource management – ​​a concentration within the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management and an Advanced Certificate option.

Both prepare students for Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) certification and for careers or promotions as managers and human resource specialists.

“At Polk State, we closely monitor industry needs in the community,” said Maria Lehoczky, director of business programs. “Managers and human resources specialists continue to make regional demand lists in Polk County and across the state. We also heard from many industry partners and advisory boards that this is a critical need. »

“Students will benefit as Polk State will provide them with a quality curriculum and support services to prepare for SHRM certification, a revered professional designation in the industry, and ultimately a rewarding career in human resources as specialists. and HR managers,” she added. .

Entry salaries for human resources specialists and managers are around $39,500 and $66,500, with median salaries reaching $56,000 and $102,500, respectively, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Additionally, these positions consistently appear on Polk County’s most in-demand occupations list.

The concentration within the Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management program is designed for students with an associate degree who seek graduate-level study and a bachelor’s degree. This program lasts approximately five semesters and culminates in a capstone course focused on preparing for SHRM and a career in HR.

The Advanced Certificate is designed for students with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree who are looking for HR-specific training. It can be completed in 12 to 18 months and offers participants the option of enrolling in the capstone course, although this is not a requirement for certification.

Class schedules are designed to accommodate working professionals with online and hybrid options over the course of eight weeks. The hybrid option includes online classes and in-person classes that meet on Fridays and Saturdays.

Courses will cover topics such as benefits and compensation, organizational structure, labor relations, legal issues, cross-cultural management, and more. Classes are built and taught by SHRM certified instructors and subject matter experts.

Additionally, students will have experiential learning and networking opportunities, including internships and participation in the chapter of the Polk State Human Resource Management Society.

“Students will gain an understanding of all things human resources and build on their interpersonal and critical thinking skills,” Lehoczky said.

The first class of Human Resource Management students will begin on August 15. Currently enrolled students can register now for courses in Passport. Open registration will begin on June 6. Prospective students must submit an online application to Polk State.

Those interested in the Concentration or Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management can contact Lehoczky by emailing [email protected], calling 863.669.2896, or texting 863.345.2021.

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