Human Resources and Payroll Generalist

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Human Resources and Payroll Generalist

Technical Diploma

29 Credits | 2 Years Part Time

Financial Aid Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

Outreach Centers: Balsam Lake*, Hayward*, Ladysmith*

*Combination of Online, Your Choice or On Site instruction. Select courses are available at the Northwood Tech Outreach Centers. Please contact your local campus for specifics.

Career Cluster: Business Management

Today’s dynamic work world requires knowledgeable Human Resources and Payroll Specialists who are essential to creating an environment for employees to grow, advance and feel valued.

Program Overview

As a Human Resources and Payroll Generalist, you apply the skills and tools necessary to effectively value and apply employees' abilities and needs in support of organizational goals.

You will demonstrate the application of the generalist’s responsibilities in contemporary human resource management, supporting employees’ growth and development, the impacts of employment law, prepare and maintain employment records, writing job descriptions, recruitment and selection, conducting job interviews, onboarding, interpreting policies and procedures, and effective use of compensation and benefit strategies. You will gain experience using Microsoft Office products and Human Resource Information Systems software suites.

Program Outcomes

Human Resources and Payroll Generalist graduates will be able to:

  • Support effective employee relations
  • Create accurate employee records
  • Incorporate employment law into administrative practice
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In this program, you will gain experience working with the software that is used in the industry, such as Microsoft Office products and Human Resource Information Systems software suites.

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The coursework for this program is relevant and current. All classes are taught by individuals experienced in the field in a variety of areas. Projects are individually focused, providing students with the ability to complete necessary work responsibilities as part of their academic requirements. 

Human Resources and Payroll Generalist classes are offered on all campuses (Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake, Superior), Online and outreach centers (Balsam Lake, Hayward, Ladysmith). Conveniently take classes in a way that fits your lifestyle: Online, Your Choice or On Site. 


Career Pathways

Career pathways provide flexible, affordable and applicable degree attainment. As a Human Resources and Payroll Generalist student at Northwood Tech, you can continue your education to build upon your credentials by working to obtain the Human Resource Management associate degree. 

Convenient Learning Options

The Human Resources and Payroll Generalist program offers an engaging, interactive learning environment with flexible options to accommodate your busy life.

Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Northwood Tech's continuous networking with business professionals, employers and recent graduates will ensure your courses are up-to-date and applicable for your future career. 

Required Courses

Core coursework is focused on obtaining the most current, legal, and necessary skills to be able to perform Human Resources and Payroll Generalist functions effectively.   

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Featured Human Resources and Payroll Generalist Courses

| 3 CR
In Human Resource Management, the learner applies the skills and tools necessary to effectively value and apply employees' abilities and needs to organization goals. Each learner will demonstrate the application of the supervisor's role in contemporary human resources management, impacts of EEOC, writing job descriptions, recruitment, selection, conducting job interviews, orientation, developing policies and procedures, training, performance management, employee counseling and development, and effective use of compensation and benefit strategies. It is recommended that the learner have experience using a PC/MAC, using the MS Windows operating systems and software suite, browsing Web pages, downloading files, using e-mail, and exchanging files prior to enrolling in this course.
| 3 CR
In keeping in line with electronic recordkeeping, human resources and payroll have followed suit. Tracking employee information and payroll transactions is handled efficiently and securely using human resources information systems and payroll software. The learner will come to understand how this type of software works. Payroll calculation will be highly emphasized taking into account all the federal and state laws and filing requirements.
| 3 CR
With the ever changing health care laws, this benefits course will address the evolution of benefit offerings in health insurance as well as the other benefit areas. Taking the total reward approach, other topics to be covered include dental insurance, disability insurance, paid time off, government mandated benefits and optional work arrangements. PREREQUISITE: 10116100 Human Resource Management.

Human Resources and Payroll Generalist is Part of a Career Pathway

As a Human Resources and Payroll Generalist student at Northwood Tech, you can earn credentials each step of the way!

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Technical Diploma
29 Credits / 2 Years Part Time
Potential Careers
Human Resources Administrative Assistant, Human Resources Associate, Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources Technician, Payroll Assistant, Payroll Coordinator, Payroll Specialist
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Continue your education to earn an associate degree.

Associate Degree
60 Credits / 2 Years Full Time; Part Time Options Available
Potential Careers
Compensation and Benefits Specialist, Employment Specialist, Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources Specialist, Recruitment Specialist, Training and Development Specialist, Payroll Analyst, Human Resources Generalist, Human Resources Assistant
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Continue your education to earn your bachelor's degree. 

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Human Resources and Payroll Generalist

29 Credits | 2 Years Part-time


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Human Resources and Payroll Generalist Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a technical diploma in Human Resources and Payroll Generalist. Continue your education at Northwood Tech in the Human Resource Management associate degree and/or the Leadership Development associate degree.

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