Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Prepare for Human Resources Management Field or Further Education

"This Human Resources Management program allows you to be ready for the real world," says a graduate of the Centennial College Business Administration – Human Resources offering, "where Human Resources isn't just focused on dealing with employees' issues but also other aspects of the company's issues. [These issues include] training and selection and recruitment as well."

This brief testimonial offers insight into Centennial College's three-year undertaking with its unique approach that incorporates current trends in the strategic management of human resources, the affirmation of diversity and human rights and the promotion of positive union and management relations. As such, students develop expertise in all major areas of human resource management such as: human planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, employee training and development, occupational health and safety, compensation and benefits, employee relations, labour relations and human resource management systems.

This is completed by first offering students a solid base with three Human Resources Management semesters that are common to all of the programs in the School of Business. In these three semesters, students gain grounding in areas such as business operations, mathematics of finance, microcomputer applications software, financial accounting and more. The base serves as a way for more advanced business administration and human resources management concepts. The program also emphasizes the ability to analyze and interpret financial and accounting information for decision-making purposes. Legal issues are covered from a proactive, rather than compliance perspective. Finally, the use of integrated human resource systems software and computer skills to manage information and support decision-making is taught.

To graduate from the human resources management and business administration training, students must maintain a minimum C grade average (2.0 GPA). The advanced diploma that is earned in Human Resources Management is recognized in Canada and abroad, reflecting high standards of learning. However, should grads wish to obtain further education, Centennial College helps them do so through partnerships with selected universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships allow graduates to apply academic credit towards further study and include: Athabasca University, Lakehead University, Northwood University U.S.A., Royal Roads University, Ryerson University, and University of Lethbridge.

To apply to Human Resources Management, students are required to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be19 years of age or older. They must also have finished the compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent and the Math 11C, M or U, or 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent.

Specific skills students obtained by attending Human Resources Management include being able to: staff vacancies; recruit, interview and select applicants; conduct new employee orientation and serve as the liaison between management and employees when handling questions about contracts and other work-related problems; provide current and prospective employees with information about policies, job duties, working conditions, wages, opportunities for promotion and employee benefits; handle understaffing, refereeing disputes, fire employees and administer disciplinary procedures.

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